Nebraska Congressmen insist the effort by the House to pass a border crisis bill wasn’t a waste of time, even though the Senate won’t take it up and they worry the president will act during the August recess.
House Republicans pushed through a $694 million package to secure the southern border and speed-up deportation of the unaccompanied minors who crossed it illegally.
The first try by House leadership failed to secure the votes needed for passage. Leadership delayed the August recess, worked with Republicans who didn’t like the first version, and brought it back to the floor for a vote the next day.
The bill falls far short of the $3.7 billion requested by President Barack Obama.
The Senate had left prior to House passage of the legislation, insuring that it will go nowhere.
Congressman Lee Terry, a Republican, suspects the president and Senate leader Harry Reid of Nevada, both Democrats, planned to do nothing, so Obama could blame Congress and act on his own during the August Congressional recess.
“I think that was all thought of before the break, which is why the Senate adjourned without dealing with the issue even though the House passed the supplemental bill to help with the border crisis,” Terry tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Congressman Adrian Smith also worries the president will act on his own. Smith adds he doesn’t need to. Smith says the president needs to work with the House.
“The best way to do this is to come together, have a discussion,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Let’s engage, let’s propose some solutions here rather than just have the president go around the wishes of the American people.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]