U.S. House to Try to Pass Border Funding Bill Friday: Lawmakers

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U.S. Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA) (2nd R) walks with staff members as he departs the House floor after making a farewell speech after stepping down as House Majority Leader Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives will delay the start of a five-week recess in order to try to pass a funding bill dealing with an immigration crisis on the southwestern border, Republican lawmakers said on Thursday.

The decision comes shortly after House Republicans revolted against their own party's $659 million spending bill, causing House Speaker John Boehner to cancel Thursday's scheduled vote on the measure.

Republican lawmakers emerged from a closed-door meeting telling reporters of the decision and the goal of passing a bill on Friday. It was not yet clear if that bill would be identical to the one that was withdrawn or changed to lure more support.

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