House Republicans are preparing to try again on Friday to pass their bill responding to the migrant crisis on the Southern border.
But it's largely a futile effort even if it passes, because the Senate has gone home for the summer.
"There are no plans to come back," Adam Jentleson, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (R-Nev.), told The Wire on Friday.
The Senate held a series of votes on Thursday night, sending a V.A. bill and a Highway Trust Fund measure to President Obama while failing to advance its own proposal for stemming the border crisis.
And then senators left for a five-week recess – something the House was supposed to do on Thursday before conservatives rebelled against the GOP leadership's $659 million border bill.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) convened Republicans for a meeting on Friday to present revisions to the proposal, and it appears the House will vote later in the day to pass it.
House set to vote later today on a new #border security bill that tweaks language and adds $35M for states to deploy Nat guard.— Ed O'Keefe (@edatpost) August 1, 2014
If Republicans succeed Friday in passing their bill, they are likely to call on the Senate to return early from vacation. Trying to save face, Boehner criticized his colleagues across the Capitol for skipping town.
House Republicans are still working hard to address the #BorderCrisis. Senate Democrats already left town.— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) August 1, 2014
Jentleson said that even if it wanted to, the Senate can't just change its schedule "on a dime" because it would require consent from all 100 members – including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who are staunchly opposed to the House bill.
Any change to that schedule would require all senators to consent to the change. Saying that's unlikely to happen (barring an unforeseen crisis) is an understatement."