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Washington Beat: House Speaker to Rally Republicans Around Migrant Minors Bill

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House Speaker John Boehner plans to meet with his colleagues to discuss a plan aimed at solving the border crisis involving unaccompanied minors, but the clock is ticking. Washington Bureau Reporter Michael Scotto filed the following report for NY1.

House Speaker John Boehner is pointing fingers at President Barack Obama as Republicans and Democrats struggle to reach a deal to stop the surge of Central American children trying to cross the southern border.

"We've got a president that's AWOL, and the president ought to get engaged in this if he wants something to happen," said House Speaker John Boehner.

This week, Republicans put out their plan.

Their proposal would give the president less money than he's requesting and speed up deportations by making changes to a 2008 law that lawmakers say is a main cause of the problem.

Democrats say a plan that deals with that law now is a non-starter for them, however.

"I think if John Boehner is serious about bringing a bill to the floor that will have Democratic support...it has to be a clean bill and one that addresses the emergent need at our border," said Rep. Joe Crowley of the Bronx.

Republicans accuse Democrats of being unreasonable and claim President Obama is flip-flopping.

The president had expressed support for changing the law, but his proposal to Congress doesn't call for tweaking it at all.

"I think it's very important to get these children back with their families, back to their home countries as soon as we can and that's going to require changing that 2008 law, which at one point the president agreed with, but now he seems to be backing away from that with pressure from the far left," said Rep. Chris Collins.

The far left isn't the only obstacle to striking a deal, though.

The far right is signaling that it's opposed to the plan endorsed by mainstream Republicans, and without the entire GOP conference behind it, the proposal is likely dead on arrival.

Speaker Boehner plans to meet with his fellow Republicans on Friday to discuss the issue, but it's unclear if he's going to be able to forge a consensus on how to solve the problem before lawmakers leave for their August recess next week.

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