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article imageOp-Ed: Speaker Boehner's House stuck on Cruz Control as border bill dies

By John Presta     Aug 1, 2014 in Politics
Washington, D. C. - The newly-installed House leadership, still led by Speaker John Boehner, had a plan for resolving the child migrant crisis on the nation's southern borders. The ingenious plan was designed to make Republicans look good, and for Democrats to look bad.
The best laid plans of man and Texas Senator Ted Cruz sometimes go awry. Cruz has been meeting with House Republicans sympathetic to him, but he denies he stopped anything.
Cruz told the Washington Post the meeting with the House Republicans was about "fellowship," and not about stopping anything. “The suggestion by some that House members are unable to stand up and fight for their own conservative principles is offensive and belittling to House conservatives,” the Republican told the Washington Post.
Uh huh.
Who could forget the Cruz-inspired shutdown of the federal government last October when Cruz acted like the Speaker of the House and the Majority Whip all into one. Cruz convinced the extreme Republicans then, and has convinced them once again to oppose their bill to respond to the child migrant crisis.
Vox.com explained it like this: "The plan: pass the bill Thursday, then pressure the Senate and White House into accepting it, rather than allowing no bill to pass at all."
Vox.com continued, "By the time House Republicans went home for the August congressional recess, they'd either be able to brag about having fixed the crisis — or they'd be able to blame Barack Obama and Harry Reid for blocking their attempts to do so."
Last October Cruz attempted what he called "an Obama-like grass-roots tsunami" to shut down the federal government and at the same time, "repeal and obliterate" Obamacare.
It didn't work, as Obamacare enrolled more than eight million on the health care insurance marketplace exchanges and qualified at least eight million to sign onto Medicaid.
Once again, Cruz has placed his fellow Republicans into a box by undermining House leadership and their goal to pass "something," if for no other reason than for "show" on the child migrant crisis. Ironically, the failure to pass "something" impacts the state of Texas the most, which Cruz represents.
Much like Cruz's goal during the federal government shutdown was to defund Obamacare, the Cruz goal this time is to defund the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA allows unauthorized immigrant students and young adults who've been in the US since 2007 to apply for temporary relief from deportation and a work permit.
What Cruz doesn't understand is that the next four to five weeks the child migrants will continue to cross the border unchecked. Without the border security the House bill offered, even at a minimum, would have helped ease the burden on southern border governors. For example, his fellow Texan Governor Rick Perry.
The latest report from Texas says that Gov. Perry is not one bit pleased with the inaction of Congress and in particular, his own party. He wants Boehner to "pass something."
In fact, "something" may pass later today, but it will be meaningless because the U.S. Senate has moved on and gone home for vacation until after Labor Day. Meanwhile, the United States border goes unprotected and the Republicans and Ted Cruz are at fault.
It will not be simply a matter of Cruz blaming Obama or the Democrats or even some of his Republican colleagues. Cruz has meant the enemy and the enemy is Cruz.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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