TULSA - House Republicans will make another effort to push through a bill to address the border crisis, after a chaotic Thursday that saw some lawmakers returning to the Capitol after thinking they had been dismissed for a five-week recess.
The new bill falls far short of the $3.7 billion that had been proposed by the Obama administration.
Meanwhile, the Democrat-controlled Senate has blocked its version of a border security bill, and it looks as though nothing will reach the President's desk any time soon.
GOP leaders thought they had a deal worked out Thursday, but the Tea Party wing of the House, responding to concerns voiced by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), blocked passage.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma's Fifth District told KRMG one of his main objections to new legislation is that current laws aren't being enforced.
"Our laws that are on the books have to be enforced," he said. "How can we trust anything else to be enforced, or to be agreed to if we pass something, if we don't start with border security."
He says the southern border has been a sieve for illegal immigrants.
"There's been 72 different (nationalities) that have been apprehended at the border," he told KRMG.
So, as far as he's concerned, immigration reform is dead in the water.
"I know that's what the President wants, I know that's what Nancy Pelosi wants, I believe that's what Harry Reid wants. But I can tell you, the Republican party in the House, we're not going there."
The indecision and infighting on immigration and the border crisis reflects the larger problem of a Congress that has been gridlocked for 18 months, resulting in plummeting approval numbers headed into the November elections.
Nor, with a five-week break about to begin, will much more get accomplished before voters head to the polls.