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.