Divided House abandons vote on border bill

Divided House abandons vote on border bill

BORDER BATTLE: Faith leaders and activists participates in a demonstration in front of the White House in Washington, Thursday, July 31, asking President Barack Obama to modify his deportations policies. Photo: Associated Press/Luis Alonso Lugo

ERICA WERNER, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has abandoned a vote on legislation to address the immigration crisis on the border after tea party backers withdrew their support in a dispute over a separate measure on deportations.

Republicans and Democrats have been sparring over President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to respond to the crisis in which tens of thousands of Central American children have tried to enter the United States illegally.

Speaker John Boehner issued a statement Thursday saying the House would continue to work on solutions to the crisis.

His statement came shortly after the House postponed the vote on the final day before a five-week summer break.

In a last-ditch effort to win support, House GOP leaders had agreed to a separate vote on a companion measure that would have blocked President Barack Obama from extending deportation relief to any more immigrants living here illegally.

Conservatives wanted a tougher measure.

Latest Headlines

in Local

Owner of Docked Nova Star Ferry Seeks Vessel’s Release

Nova Star Ferry 111213

The owner of the docked Nova Star ferry that ran between Portland, Maine, and Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, is asking a federal court to release the vessel so it can be put to work elsewhere.

in Local

No Shopping Today In Maine


AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Maine Attorney General Janet Mills is reminding state residents that the Pine Tree State does not allow large stores to be open on holidays such as Thanksgiving.

in Local

Another Meth Lab Found


MATTAWAMKEAG, Maine (WGAN) The Maine Drug Enforcement Agency discovered a meth lab in Mattawamkeag.

in Local

Woman Shoots Friend While Trying to Kill Coyote


LIMERICK, Maine (WGAN) Tuesday Debra Baptista of Limerick saw a coyote in her backyard, sizing up her two small dogs for lunch.

in Local

Woman With Late-Stage Cancer To Get Medical Marijuana Card

GENERIC Marijuana-3

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) New Hampshire health officials have approved a lung cancer patient's application for an identification card that will allow her to buy medical marijuana in Maine.


  • 9h
  • 13h
  • 13h
  • 19h
  • 32h
  • 34h
  • 53h