US CAPITOL BUILDING

House Republicans are trying to pass legislation responding to the wave of child immigrants crossing the border. A battle yesterday between Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio) and a group of Tea Party congressional leaders caused the $659 million measure to be pulled from the schedule Thursday afternoon.

Today there are two separate bills to address the border crisis and as of now it is not clear which one – if any – will make it to the floor for a vote. Congress is set to adjourn for five weeks summer vacation today and if no bill is brought to the floor then the border issue could become a real problem not only for those involved battling the problem.

But also to those in Congress who fail to pass a bill needed to help resolve or at least ease tension on the issue.

According to a report this morning in POLITICO: The new legislation — described to GOP lawmakers in a closed-door meeting in the Capitol — uses new language penned by Texas Rep. John Carter and Alabama Rep. Robert Aderholt to change a 2008 trafficking law that made it harder to deport children from countries other than Canada and Mexico. The bill is more costly than than the legislation that had to be yanked from the floor Thursday.

The latest version sends $35 million to the governors to pay for their National Guards, sending the price tag to $694 million — a far cry from the nearly $4 billion President Barack Obama requested. It is fully offset by spending cuts, GOP sources said. FOR THE LASTEST ON THE PROGRESS ON THE BILLS CLICK HERE

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Jim Williams is the Washington Bureau Chief, Digital Director as well as the Director of Special Projects for Genesis Communications. He is starting his third year as part of the team. This is Williams 40th year in the media business, and in that time he has served in a number of capacities. He is a seven time Emmy Award winning television producer, director, writer and executive. He has developed four regional sports networks, directed over 2,000 live sporting events including basketball, football, baseball hockey, soccer and even polo to name a few sports. Major events include three Olympic Games, two World Cups, two World Series, six NBA Playoffs, four Stanley Cup Playoffs, four NCAA Men’s National Basketball Championship Tournaments (March Madness), two Super Bowl and over a dozen college bowl games. On the entertainment side Williams was involved with Berman Concerts and directed over 500 concerts for Showtime, Pay Per View and MTV Networks.