July 31, 2014 / 8:26 PM / 3 years ago

U.S. House to try to pass border funding bill Friday: lawmakers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will delay the start of a five-week recess in order to try to pass a funding bill dealing with an immigration crisis on the southwestern border, Republican lawmakers said on Thursday.

The decision comes shortly after House Republicans revolted against their own party’s $659 million spending bill, causing House Speaker John Boehner to cancel Thursday’s scheduled vote on the measure.

Republican lawmakers emerged from a closed-door meeting telling reporters of the decision and the goal of passing a bill on Friday. It was not yet clear if that bill would be identical to the one that was withdrawn or changed to lure more support.

Reporting by Richard Cowan; Editing by Eric Beech

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