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Republican List of Shame on Conservatives' Border Bill

House GOP Border Bill Roll Call

Conservatives prevailed in derailing a bad border bill authored by the House GOP leadership that in the analysis of Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard seemed to appropriate more money, on a pro-rated monthly basis, than the president's proposal; that might well have made it harder, not easier, to send some or all of the illegal migrants back; that changed the asylum laws in ways that might well backfire; and that didn’t deal in any way with the core cause of the problem, the president's 2012 executive amnesty for minors or his pending huge expansion of that amnesty.

The resulting bill was by no means perfect and is unlikely to see the light of day in the Senate, but it showed that the vast majority of Republican House Members, when given the opportunity by their leadership, will back serious proposals to end the invasion of our southern border.

The final border bill that the House passed, with the support of such principled conservatives as Reps. Steve King, Mo Brooks and Michelle Bachmann, included language demanded by conservatives that will provide emergency funding to deal with the invasion of the southern border, speed the deportations of most border-crossers and rescind President Obama’s authority to decide whether to deport certain illegal aliens, especially children and teenagers now being allowed to stay in the U.S. after coming here illegally under the President’s deferred action for childhood arrivals or DACA.

The Washington Post said about the final bill, “The collapse of the original border security plan offered by House GOP leaders was a triumph for conservatives in the Republican caucus, who saw it as a high point in their troubled relationship with Boehner and his more centrist leadership team.”

The bill passed 216 to 192 with 11 Republicans voting against it.

Republicans voting “NO” on the conservative alternative border bill were:

Amodei
Coffman
Denham
Diaz-Balart
Gardner
Heck (NV)
Kinzinger (IL)
Reichert
Ros-Lehtinen
Upton

Republicans not voting were:

Camp
Campbell
Cantor
DesJarlais
Gibbs
Miller, Gary
Nunes
Nunnelee
Schock
Whitfield
Valadao

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