WASHINGTON, July 9 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
(Reporting By David Lawder)