Nancy Pelosi is so happy that border control legislation will go untouched by House Republicans before congressional recess begins on Friday, she believes it might be a gift from God.
“Oh my god. It was so awful,” House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, told reporters of the fallen Republican bill. “Thank god.”
House Republicans pulled their border supplemental legislation prior to the scheduled House vote on Thursday, likely because they didn’t have enough votes to pass the $659 million supplemental through. Conservative lawmakers had joined Democrats in their opposition of the bill, and thus refused to support the package.
Nancy Pelosi is a practicing Roman Catholic, and often cites her faith in her decision making process, and has said that it compels her to fight discrimination.
Although the Senate still has a border control bill to evaluate before Friday’s recess, the bill cannot move forward without action in the house. Thus, the bill will remain dormant during congress’ annual five-week summer recess.
“This situation shows the intense concern within our conference—and among the American people—about the need to ensure the security of our borders and the president’s refusal to faithfully execute our laws,” GOP leaders said in a joint statement after the vote was canceled.
This defeat for the Republicans greatly enhances the Democrat’s position on border control, and also bolsters the case for Obama to take executive action regarding border legislation.
“The president is gonna have to respond to it and that means he’s gonna have to try to martial the resources from other places,” Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin said. “That means cutting back spending in some other areas, so it won’t be without some pain.”
Durbin also added that the House Democrats plan to go forward with a clean supplemental bill, which they believe will help them pass the legislation in the fall.
Senate Minority Whip John Cornyn blamed the White House’s failures for the lack of action regarding border legislation before recess.
“It doesn’t help when there’s no leadership at the White House,” Cornyn said. “So as usual nothing happens.”