Two House Democrats on Thursday pointed fingers at Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzOvernight Defense: Senators go to White House for North Korea briefing | Admiral takes 'hit' for aircraft carrier mixup | Lawmakers urged to beef up US missile defense Senators get North Korea briefing in unusual WH visit Overnight Tech: FCC chief unveils plan for net neutrality rollback | Tech on Trump's sweeping tax plan | Cruz looks to boost space industry MORE (R-Texas) for the cancellation of the vote on the GOP border bill, which has delayed the start of the five-week-long August recess.
House Republican leaders pulled the $656 million bill after they were unable to attract enough votes from conservative members of their caucus.
Rep. Mark PocanMark PocanUS pressure on Saudis can help promote peace in Yemen Lawmakers tell Trump to get approval for military action in Yemen Trump signals deeper US involvement in Yemen MORE (D-Wis.) suggested in a tweet afterward that Cruz is responsible for the divide in GOP support on the bill.
.@SenTedCruz Just thought I'd go right to the source, will the House be voting tonight?— U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (@repmarkpocan) July 31, 2014
Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.) later tweeted a rhyme that said the “rest of the day is up to Ted Cruz.”
Sittin' at my desk, Watchin' the news, Rest of the day Is up to Ted Cruz.— Jim Himes (@jahimes) July 31, 2014
A group of House conservatives met with Cruz on Wednesday night, and afterwards said they would oppose the GOP border bill unless it ended President Obama's deferred deportation program.
Without that provision, Cruz argued the bill wouldn’t reduce the influx of unaccompanied children entering the United States illegally from Central America. The border bill would also speed up processing and deportation, deploy National Guard troops to the border and increase the number of immigration judges handling asylum requests.
Lawmakers were scheduled to leave Washington for the annual August recess Thursday afternoon, but Republicans decided they would meet again on Friday morning after a vote on the border bill was canceled.