Boehner Goes Off On Obama Over Immigration Crisis

“When is he going to take responsibility for something?” the speaker said of the president Thursday.

National Journal
Sarah Mimms
July 10, 2014, 8:11 a.m.

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House Speak­er John Boehner had some harsh words for Pres­id­ent Obama on the bor­der crisis, rais­ing his voice and slam­ming the po­di­um dur­ing a press con­fer­ence Thursday.

When asked if Con­gress needed to ap­prove a $3.7 bil­lion re­quest from the pres­id­ent to help ease a re­cent surge of un­ac­com­pan­ied minors, Boehner re­peatedly said that the House would not grant Obama a “blank check.” The speak­er ad­ded that the chil­dren should be taken care of and then sent back.

Pressed on the is­sue, Boehner ap­peared to get heated. “This is prob­lem of the pres­id­ent’s own mak­ing. He’s been pres­id­ent for five years! When is he go­ing to take re­spons­ib­il­ity for something?” he shouted.

Al­though the speak­er praised the Na­tion­al Guard, call­ing it “uniquely suited” to deal with the crisis, he lam­basted the pres­id­ent for ask­ing for more fund­ing this week than he had re­ques­ted earli­er in the crisis.

“In oth­er words, he won’t do it for the kids, it’s all about polit­ics,” Boehner said. “We’re not giv­ing the pres­id­ent a blank check.” Boehner ad­ded that the House will act this month on the bor­der is­sue. But he said that he is wait­ing for re­ports from the House Ap­pro­pri­ations Com­mit­tee and oth­er groups be­fore mak­ing any de­cisions about po­ten­tial le­gis­la­tion.

Boehner said that he agreed with the White House that a 2008 law of­fer­ing great­er pro­tec­tions for young mi­grants from non­con­tigu­ous coun­tries needs to be changed. The lan­guage should be changed to treat those chil­dren like those who ar­rive in the United States from Mex­ico, he said.

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