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House Leadership Pulls Border Bill Off This Week’s Schedule, Blames Weather

The controversial border security legislation that was supposed to receive a House vote Wednesday has been pulled from the schedule.

A House leadership aide pointed to the weather and scheduling issues as the reason Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul’s (R-TX) Secure Our Borders First Act was scrapped from this week’s list of House votes.

A decision on when the bill will receive a vote remains to be determined, the aide added.

House votes were cancelled Monday due to a blizzard bearing down on the northeast. The already short week means there will now only be two legislative days.

McCaul’s border bill has taken heat from many quarters, including conservative Republicans such as Sen. Jeff Sessions, who argues the legislation does not go far enough.

Immigration officers unions including the National Border Patrol Council and National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council as well as anti-amnesty activist groups have also criticized the legislation, which McCaul argues is the “strongest border security bill ever presented” to Congress.

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