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Sahil Kapur

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.

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House Republicans passed legislation on Friday night to spend $694 million to address the child migrant crisis on the southern border and toughen up border laws so as to ensure unaccompanied minors coming from all countries can be quickly sent home.

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The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on Friday night on two bills, first on the GOP's border supplemental and then on their proposal to end the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Vote schedules often change but the current plan is to start voting on the first bill between 8:00 and 8:30 p.m. and wrap up both of them around 11 p.m.

After having to yank their border crisis legislation, House Republicans scrambled on Friday morning to coalesce around a largely symbolic new proposal which spends $694 million and significantly toughens up laws against young undocumented immigrants and children coming from Central America.

Emerging from a meeting, many Republicans expressed confidence they'll have the votes to pass the legislation on Friday — including Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN), two previous holdouts, who said the new bill would rein in President Barack Obama's current and future actions to ease deportations for undocumented immigrants.

"This House is going to make a resounding statement today that says, 'Stop, Mr. President. Don't violate the Constitution,'" King said.

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A chaotic House Republican conference decided on Thursday to delay the start of the August recess until they muster the votes for legislation to address the border crisis.

"We'll stay until we vote," Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) told reporters upon emerging from a full House GOP meeting that lasted more than one and a half hour.

The meeting was called after Republican leaders abruptly pulled their $659 million supplemental legislation, which also toughened up border security laws, ahead of a scheduled vote Thursday. The decision was made in the face of strong opposition from conservatives. Some on the right — including Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL) — griped the plan didn't do enough to rein in President Barack Obama's executive actions on deportations.

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House Republican leaders abruptly pulled their border supplemental legislation prior to a scheduled vote on Thursday, a sign that they lacked the votes to pass it. It appeared members would go home for recess without acting, a situation that GOP leaders wanted to avoid.

Immigration-weary conservatives said the $659 million supplemental, and the subsequent measure to end the Obama administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, didn't go far enough in rebuking the president's actions.

It was a remarkable defeat for the new GOP leadership team on the day that Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) stepped down as majority leader.

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