Boehner: Obama border funding plan needs study, wants enforcement

WASHINGTON Wed Jul 9, 2014 11:16am EDT

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to the press in Washington, October 8, 2013.  REUTERS/Jason Reed

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to the press in Washington, October 8, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday that Republicans needed to study President Barack Obama's $3.7 billion emergency spending request for border security before passing judgment on it.

Boehner told reporters he would wait for House Appropriations Committee Chairman Harold Rogers and a House border security working group to make recommendations on the request but emphasized that he wanted strong steps taken to secure the border and enforce immigration laws.

"If we don't secure the border, nothing's going to change," Boehner said. "And if you look at the president's request it's all more about continuing to deal with the problem. We've got to do something about sealing the border and ending this problem so that we can move on with the bigger questions in the immigration debate."

(Reporting By David Lawder)

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Comments (27)
willich6 wrote:
The $3.7B should Not be new deficit spending; with $17T in debt already it’s past time to draw the line on debt.
We also need to know what this money is going to be spent for; no open checks for obama..
Based on what Dem congressmen have leaked – 99% of the money would go to providing permament homes in the US for these women and children. While I feel for their plight; the US is Not the Caretaker of last resort..
I vote No on funding this unless clear rules are put into place and Jeh Jonhson agrees in writing to abide by them..

Jul 09, 2014 12:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
commsense wrote:
willich6 wrote:
you clearly didn’t read the request by the president. just most republicans, they continue to call for more enforcement instead of the actual reform needed. these kids are not crossing the border, they are walking up to detention centers and border crossing. most of the president request is all about enforcement. judges, more border partols etc etc. if you continue to spill the crap from the rigth about 17 trillion in debt, you continue to make your comment ignorant.

Jul 09, 2014 12:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
astroz wrote:
No money without changing the fundamental law(s) that continues to allow this nightmare.…..get in the fight America.

Jul 09, 2014 12:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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