Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) played political chess Tuesday, seeking leverage in the battle to respond to the border crisis.
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Days before the House and Senate are to adjourn for a five-week recess, there is little chance that legislation dealing with the wave of immigrants crossing the border will reach President Obama’s desk.
So now, it’s all about the blame game.
House Republicans on Tuesday unveiled a $659 million border bill focused on security and began whipping their members ahead of an expected Thursday vote. That’s one day after the Senate could vote on a much larger $2.7 billion package.
On Tuesday, it appeared that Boehner had a better chance of clearing his bill through the House than Reid had of securing final passage in the 60-vote threshold Senate.