While Republicans hope to again become the majority party, the chaos over passage of border security and immigration legislation on Friday led some conservatives to voice frustration at Republican incompetence.
After the Democratic-controlled Senate failed to pass legislation to deal with the current border crisis, House Republicans had an opportunity to demonstrate to the public that they could address the issue where the Democrats failed. Instead, House leaders were unable to garner enough votes on Thursday for their bill to address the crisis.
The leaders convened their caucus on Friday morning, desperate to pass something before their members headed back to their districts to prepare for the November elections. Late Friday they ended up passing two bills that were more designed to send a message than to be a serious attempt at addressing the crisis.