Cennamology Chief Editor
It looks like Sen. Ted Cruz is the new leader of House Republicans, not John Boehner.
It looks like the day that Eric Cantor officially steps down as majority leader and Kevin McCarthy takes over is the day where the House Republican leadership spins out of control on a border bill vote - leading them to delay the August recess for all of one day in order to avoid having it hang over their heads when they go back home to their districts soon.
This comes after the House GOP pulled the border bill from the floor after a failure to get the majority of the conference to vote for it. The bill may have passed if it was brought to the floor, with enough Republicans (although not a majority of the conference) and Democrats to vote for it, but the new leadership wants to satisfy the extremes of their own party before the American people.
To put it in simpler terms: FUNDING FOR BORDER MANAGEMENT DOES NOT EQUAL AMNESTY!!
But the far right is so afraid of "amnesty" (which today is used to describe anything short of shooting-on-sight) that they are unilaterally opposed to any sort of help for the border, including helping the agencies that are bearing the brunt of the situation. The House leadership failed America by not at least bringing the bill to the floor. Although it is good that they had the sense to delay the August recess (albeit only for a day), knowing that this situation cannot be ignored for another five weeks.
However, one person who would prefer to do nothing about this is (no surprise here) Ted Cruz. Late last night, Cruz brought his arrogant self over to the House side to meet with a number of the most far-right House Republicans (including such great minds like Michele Bachmann, Louie Gohmert, and Steve King) to persuade them to vote against the border funding, betraying the Americans who are trying to manage the situation in states like Cruz's home of Texas.
Cruz's meeting is another sign that he is surely planning to run for president in 2016. The words "President Cruz" are a thing of nightmares, so let's not think of that too much.
Cruz successfully persuaded the group to withhold support from the funding bill without eliminating all funding for DACA, the bill at the center of the immigration debate for the past month. This is not surprising, given the fact that Cruz's governing style since he entered the senate has always been one of "my way or the highway." That's how he helped shut down the government in October, and that is how he stopped the border bill vote today, leading to the Republican conference to have to delay the August recess.
The best quote of the day is from a story by CBS News that said "Republican leaders...said the president should focus on steps he can take without the need for congressional access to address the crisis."
Ummmm.....ARE YOU KIDDING ME GOP! The House GOP just YESTERDAY voted to sue the president for trying to take steps to focus on the crisis by issuing executive orders. And now they are suggesting that the president do exactly what they are trying to sue him for? They sued the president because they felt left out of the lawmaking process and accused him of circumventing the legislative branch. And NOW they suggest that he just work on the crisis on his own and keep Capitol Hill out of it. I still cannot wrap my mind around it. My theory is that the entire conference has multiple personality disorder.
The House is set to convene at 9 a.m. tomorrow. Right now, the House Democratic caucus is whipping members to vote in favor of a potential immigration vote set to happen today or tomorrow. It's good that Congress finally realizes that some issues are just too important to wait on. Hopefully they'll delay the August recess for another few days (or weeks) to try and find solutions to the numerous other challenges facing our country as well.