Pelosi chases Republican across chamber; House passes border bill

Pelosi chases Republican across chamber; House passes border bill

Pelosi chases Republican across chamber; House passes border bill

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by ABC News/WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 9:21 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 1 at 10:50 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. (ABC News/WHAS11)-- In an unusual breach of decorum, even for the divided Congress, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi chased Rep. Tom Marino across the House floor, taking offense at comments by the Pennsylvania Republican during debate on the border funding bill Friday night.

 “We don’t have law and order,” Marino began as he wrapped up his comments on the border supplemental. “My colleagues on the other side don’t want to do anything about it.”
 
“Under the leadership of their former leader, when in 2009 and 2010, they had the House, the Senate and the White House, and they knew this problem existed,” he continued. “They didn’t have the strength to go after it back then. But now are trying to make a political issue out of it.”
 
Off-mic, Pelosi then seemed to challenge Marino’s assertion that Democrats did not do anything about the issue when they had majority control.
 
“Yes it is true,” Marino replied directly to Pelosi, who was House speaker in those years. “I did the research on it. You might want to try it. You might want to try it, Madam Leader. Do the research on it. Do the research. I did it. That’s one thing that you don’t do.”
 
Marino then urged lawmakers to support the border supplemental because “apparently I hit the right nerve.”
 
After Marino concluded his remarks, Pelosi quickly crossed the chamber, enraged, pointing and sticking her finger in Marino’s face.
 
She then followed Marino up a Republican aisle, and continued arguing with him. Another Republican member spoke out to tell the chair that the House was not in order, in an effort to halt the bickering.
 
Pelosi finally relented as Republicans tried to get between Pelosi and Marino, and returned to the Democratic side of the chamber. The House then promptly voted to approve the $694 million border supplemental, 223-189.
 
Local politicians react to bill's passage
 
Kentucky and Indiana's delegations began to sound off after the vote to pass the border bill, including Kentucky's 3rd District Congressman John Yarmuth.
 
“The bill House Republicans scrambled together and rushed through Congress tonight is as irresponsible as it is coldhearted, and its focus on additional border security reflects a misunderstanding of the problems at our Southern border," Yarmuth said. "Rather than punishing children seeking refuge from violence, Congress should be working to find ways to accommodate them as they move through our legal immigration system.” 
 
Rep. Luke Masser, a Republican for Indiana's 6th District, talked about how the President has made a mess out of the country's immigration system.
 
"“The President has made an absolute mess of our immigration system.  Tens of thousands of children have crossed the border under the assumption they can stay because the President continues to reward those who have broken our immigration laws," Messer said. "There’s nothing compassionate about giving false hope.  The plan we just passed will help address this problem in the short term and will ensure these kids are treated humanely, processed quickly and sent back home safely.”
 
Brett Guthrie, a Republican representative for Kentucky's 2nd District, voted for two bills on Friday to "address the crisis at the U.S.-Mexican border." 
 
"The crisis at the border is unacceptable, but we must ensure humane treatment of these children as we seek to return them to their home countries," Guthrie said .  "Today’s legislation addresses the immediate security problem with existing funds - not by providing a blank check at the taxpayer's expense."
 
Guthrie feels the border should be one of the top issues of Congress and they need to act quickly.
 
"Securing the border is of the utmost importance, and must be done immediately so we can properly enforce existing laws," Guthrie said. "These children need to be treated humanely and sent home to their families. We cannot send the signal that our nation doesn't enforce our laws, which only encourages more illegal immigration."
 
Kentucky's 4th District Congressman Thomas Massie voted for the bill to stop the President's power from his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, starting by executive action. 
 
“President Obama’s 2012 DACA program led directly to the current surge of illegal immigration into the United States by encouraging immigrants to put themselves in harm’s way and break the law," Massie said. "Passage of this bill will cost the taxpayer nothing, yet it will send a clear message to Central American parents that amnesty will not be provided to new arrivals.”
 
However, Massie voted against the bill that would give the President Barack Obama $694 million in the border supplemental bill, citing issues like the President's failure to impliment current immigration laws. 
 
“President Obama’s lawless policies caused this crisis, and he refuses to take any action to correct it,” Massie said. “The President’s refusal to enforce the law has led Central American parents to believe that their children will be rewarded for breaking the law.  Until the source of the crisis is addressed, no amount of money will solve the problem.”
 

 

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