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Friday, August 1, 2014

House Gives Itself Another Day To Wrap Up

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) arrives at a House Republican Conference meeting August 1 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House came back on Friday, a day after its scheduled summer recess, trying to finish up a border supplemental spending bill that was pulled from the floor the day before because of a shortage of votes.  (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) arrives at a House Republican Conference meeting August 1 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The House came back on Friday, a day after its scheduled summer recess, trying to finish up a border supplemental spending bill that was pulled from the floor the day before because of a shortage of votes. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Members of the House of Representatives had planned to be out of the Capitol today, heading home for a five-week recess. Instead, they are back in session for one more day, to discuss legislation aimed at dealing with the border crisis.

The bills to address the issue stalled in both the House and the Senate, as GOP moderates and hardliners were unable to come to a unified conclusion. They hope that the extra day will give them the opportunity to vote.

NPR’s Ron Elving joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to discuss where the political situation might be headed from here.

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  • WarlordBobNM

    I do not think that Congress could pass a gall stone with all the acrimony. Our form of government is slowly calcifying, due to the rancor of extremists in both parties.

    • Rick

      But notice that media outlets like NPR will only ever point out extremists in the Republican Party, never in the Democratic Party.

  • Alison Siewert

    I’m confused: The point of passing legislation is not to improve the union, to develop a more just society, to do what is right — but to make talk radio-devoted constituents happy because said legislation makes The President of The United States look bad? Perhaps we need to require Congress to sit through a civics course. (Oh — and I almost forgot — to get money out of campaigns.)

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