House GOP pulls vote on their own border bill

WASHINGTON In what has become a familiar problem for House Republicans, leadership pulled votes on controversial immigration legislation after it became clear they did not have the support of their own party to pass it.

In a joint statement, GOP leaders said they would continue to work towards a solution and put the onus on President Obama to act on his own.

"There are numerous steps the president can and should be taking right now, without the need for congressional action, to secure our borders and ensure these children are returned swiftly and safely to their countries," read the statement.

The decision to reverse course on a $659 million emergency spending bill to address the surge of undocumented minors along the U.S. southwest border was an embarrassing end to the legislative agenda before the month-long August recess. The GOP bill would have also dispatched National Guard troops to the border and changed a 2008 (Bush era) law that will make it easier to return children home to Central America.

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