House passes $694 million border bill
August 2nd, 2014
07:03 AM ET
5 years ago

House passes $694 million border bill

Washington (CNN) - In a late night vote after a bitterly partisan debate, the House of Representatives passed a $694 million border bill Friday, but the measure has no chance of becoming law.

The vote was almost entirely on party lines, 223- 189, with just one Democrat, Texas Rep Henry Cuellar, voting for it. Four Republicans opposed the legislation.

The Democratic-led Senate had already left Washington to start a five week summer recess after it was unable to pass its own legislation to give the President some of the money he's requested to address the massive influx of migrants at the southwest border.

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  1. Gurgyl

    -these congress idiots do not need vacation, tax payer money is wasted. Drive all these republicans out.

    August 2, 2014 07:46 am at 7:46 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Obama has rejected that bill, because it fixes the law Obama is abusing to import the illegals.

    Obama is a TRAITOR to America. Obama is attempting to destroy our country, through importation of illegal immigrants, and he is doing that willfully, to take over America as a dictator.

    August 2, 2014 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  3. smith

    This justs proves that the obstruction is not one sided. Both sides are unwilling to work together.

    August 2, 2014 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  4. Randy, San Francisco

    Shame on House Republicans. This is a dark day in American politics when the House controlled by Republicans pass hateful legislation punishing innocent children caught up in a humanitarian crisis. The party of family values sold its soul to pander to Tea Party and anti-immigrant extremist hate groups. This hateful behavior will motivate Democrats to go to the polls in 2014.

    August 2, 2014 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  5. Scottish Mama

    Anyone Surprised?

    August 2, 2014 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Norma Vessels

    That Bill might have been alright if the sneaky Republicans hadn't messed it up by adding the amendment that President Obama couldn't sign any legeslative action while they were on their 5 week vacation. How is it that any other President in our past history has been allowed to use the same legeslative action, but not President Obama? I call what the Republicans are doing blackmail. No, the Senate won't pass it .. why in the world would they?

    August 2, 2014 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  7. g

    What would Jesus do

    August 2, 2014 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. Chris..E.Al

    I think those that call America Amurica or Murica is so disrespectful to those that have fought and died for this nation called America . They just dont get it or just dont care anymore or really prob never did ? Go make your own Murica somewhere and disrespect her .

    August 2, 2014 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  9. an Iowan

    so in other words, they did NOTHING, as usual.............
    hmmmmm.....maybe its time we Americans started a class-action lawsuit against every member of Congress for failing to do their job....accepting payment for services not rendered.....
    (Hey, if Boehner thinks he can sue the President, why cant we sue Congress?)

    August 2, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  10. Tom

    Obama ought to sue them. It is truly appalling that the Republican-controlled House has time to approve partisan stunts, but no time to address a serious problem.

    August 2, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. Sam Cro

    But Obama said he can't do anything for less then $3 BILLION.

    August 2, 2014 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  12. it must be said

    The Peoples House has passed a bill to address the problem. Where is Democrat Senate Dictator Harry Reid? ON VACATION!! He has already said he won't vote on it!! He and Obama are total obstructionists not interested in fixing ANYTHING. Obama said he would fix the law then changed his mind when he got pressured from leftist open border Democrats. So bottom line is the open border, illegal activity supporting Democrats refuse to address the invasion of this country and stop it. They are now incentivizing millions more to comer here illegally and invade this country.

    And to make matters worse, they are busing and flying these illegals all over our country, thus aiding in this invasion. These are poor, uneducated people, many with various diseases. There are now reports of large breakouts of tuberculosis and chicken pox. Some of these illegals don't even know how to use a bathroom and now there are hygiene problems! The American people are now going to paying BILLIONS because the Democrats refuse to address the problem that Obama has created with his unilateral granting of amnesty to millions of young illegals.

    The only real solution to this problem is to THROW OUT every open border, illegal activity supporting Democrat Senator and Representative this November. The American people must send a loud and clear message to the Democrat Party that the invasion of this country by millions of illegals will NOT BE TOLERATED.

    August 2, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  13. Chris..E.Al

    Yes and the leftist rebels also want to tax your internet service and make it unaffordable ( to keep you a low info voter or to make more ) Also 0bama threw the C.IA. UNDER THE BUS yesterday he said the U.S. tortured terrorist ( which sets america up for war crimes act ) 0bama want to grant milllions of illegals and the ones on the way amnesty . ( many which could be terrorist ) Do you see a patten here yet ? I.R.s. ? fast an furious ? Drugs ? on @ on with dems they got to go .

    August 2, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. rs

    By reneging on the commitments made to dreamers- kids actually raised in the U.S. who have jobs, fought in our military and pay taxes, the GOP has shown itself for what it really is: a party of hate, dishonesty and racism.

    By waiting to the very last minute to deal with this "crisis" and inserting the poison pill of casting out kids raised in America, the GOP demonstrates once again why it is utterly unfit for leading our nation.

    August 2, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. just asking

    why is that angry, hate filled hispanic woman pointing her finger in the face of that american woman? these people are here illegally and they get mad at us for objecting to it?!! how insane his this country become thanks to the lefties? the land of open illegal activity encouraged by the democrat lead government of obama, pelosie and reid. pretty son thsi country will be no better than guatamala is now.

    August 2, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  16. Chris..E.Al

    Thats why they give the cartels those guns where they can flood the border with drugs and illegals ? Would you really put it past them? Now thats transforming america for you .

    August 2, 2014 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  17. rick

    More money.. For WHAT?? Why call up the national guard? How about the ARMY and MARINES?? Just take a pot shot at any Marine on duty.. See what happens real FAST..! Hope the illegals are wearing brown pants then.! Send the border patrol and local police to get coffee for few hours. Let the pros do their job. Bet they stop giggling at america real fast.

    August 2, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  18. ChrisM

    The House repubs had a comprehensive immigration bill from the Senate since LAST YEAR and did nothing on it !! They did not even try to take it to committe to work out the differences.
    The bill that the house passed last night will not fix any immigration problems or secure the borders.
    Its all smoke and mirrors from the house repubs, they don't want to legislate , just play games !!

    August 2, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  19. Tampa Tim

    Anyone who professes to be a republican is so disrespectful of American values. They are nothing more than cheap imitations of the Taliban.

    August 2, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. The Real Tom Paine

    What a pathetic spectacle. Neither the House nor the Senate deserve any applause for pulling these stunts, but what is worse is the tone of these postings. Spreading rumors of disease-laden illegals is irresponsible, and does nothing( yet again) to address the underlying problems that drove these people to enter the US illegally. Accusations of Obama being a dictator are amusing from people who pride themselves on legislative inaction, and then load down a bill limiting the powers of another branch of government while they go off hit the rubber chicken circuit to say they did something, when, in fact, yet again, they did nothing. Never has this country spent so much money paying people to do so little work as this Congress.

    August 2, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  21. Thomas

    @Rick McDaniel
    Obama has rejected that bill, because it fixes the law Obama is abusing to import the illegals.

    Obama is a TRAITOR to America. Obama is attempting to destroy our country, through importation of illegal immigrants, and he is doing that willfully, to take over America as a dictator.
    =======

    Why do you Love "Dick" Cheney so much ?

    Do you understand that it was GW Bush that signed the immigration law you are now blaming on Obama ?

    August 2, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Anonymous

    Deport all illegals and especially that insane hispanic woman pointing her finger in that woman's face and threatening her. Obama had better pray these illegals don't start a tuberculosis, chicken pox or worse epidemic in the country. They are shipping these disease ridden people every where. For this reason, these people should ONLY be shipped to large, mostly Democrat cities. Nancy Pelosi supports this insanity so San Francisco should get the first 10,000 illegals. New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Boston, 10,000 each. Any city that declared themselves a sanctuary city should also get at least 5,000. No federal aid either, just let the locals foot the bill for the insanity they want and encourage.

    August 2, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  23. Obama's Final USA Solution

    Not enforce our immigration and deportation laws.
    Not enforce our borders.
    Aid in the invasion of our country by flying and busing illegals all over the USA.
    Ask for many billions of tax dollars to make it happen.
    Attack those who want our laws and borders enforced as racists, unAmerican, haters.
    Use this to gin up November election turnout of Hispanics and left wingers.
    And as he promised when elected, "fundamentally transform the USA".

    Welcome to the new, Obama transformed USA... renamed USIA, the The United States of Illegal Americans.

    August 2, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. Let's Save a LOT of Money!!

    Well, it is pretty clear we have lost the battle for our sovereignty as well as the war of drugs.

    At this point, let's just legalize all drugs and let the druggies do what ever they want. Just don't expect government money or free hospital treatment to save you. You OD, then good bye. It is your own choice. You kill somebody while high or doped up? Execution.

    We can also disband the US Border Patrol, stop issuing passports, disband the TSA and stop all inspections into and out of the USA. We will give the lefties what they want, a truly borderless open country for all to come here. They claim it will be great and help our economy so the more the merrier. Let's just get it done and over with. Leftist Democrat utopia awaits us all if we do this. Really, trust them, they know what they are doing. After all, they elected Obama and look how great things have turned out!

    August 2, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  25. denny

    This issue will bring people to the polls in November. American citizens will take a lot abuse from their government before they finally put a stop to it. We are the only country in the world whose President opened our borders and offered free services to illegal aliens. I might add that these services are not free to most American citizens, excepting elementary education. Enough!

    August 2, 2014 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
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