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In the Speaker’s lobby just off the House floor, members of Congress were full of recriminations over how the border bill had just died — until it sprang back to life.
House leadership has announced a 3pm special conference meeting to discuss the issue and raised the possibility of additional votes before the House departs for summer recess.
The change is an abrupt shift from a decision to pull the bill and leave without a vote on it at all. According to Republicans familiar with the matter, the decision prompted a sudden and fierce backlash against Speaker John Boehner from rank-and-file members who wanted to be able to tout passage of the bill to constituents over the summer break.
In particular, members said, the House shouldn’t leave without even taking a vote — raising the prospect that the measure may come to the floor, only to be defeated as House leaders knew it would be hours earlier.
With the situation so fluid, however, a closed-door conference meeting even could prompt discussion of an alternative legislative package.