House Republicans abandon emergency spending bill to fix nation's border crisis

Republican leaders in the House pulled the plug on Thursday's vote on a bill to address the country's border crisis, saying they had a lack

Republican leaders in the House pulled the plug

Republican leaders in the House pulled the plug on Thursday's vote on a bill to address the country's border crisis. (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

WASHINGTON - Republican leaders in the House pulled the plug on Thursday's vote on a bill to address the country's border crisis, saying they had a lack of party support.

The bill would have approved $659 million to help with border security and would expedite the process of returning thousands of undocumented children back to Central America.

Most Democrats opposed the measure, citing policies they disapproved of. Some Republicans warned fellow party members to not leave for recess without voting on a border bill, worried they would be criticized for doing nothing on the issue. Congress leaves Friday for its five-week summer break.

Republican leaders called House members back to the Capitol to work on passing the border bill. Long Island Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) says House members will work through the night to try and get the border bill to pass.

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