who appeared to be pulling the strings.” Jonathan Chait at Daily Intelligencer wrote , “Ted Cruzmetwith the core group of House Republicans who vote against every bill and explained to them that since this is a bill, they should vote against it.” But despite Ted Cruz’s rallying of the troops earlier this week, several Republicans said it was actually long time Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions who convinced them to kill Boehner’s bill. Sources close to Cruz told The Washington Examiner that he met with Sessions Thursday morning. After that meeting Sessions convinced the rest of the Alabama House delegation ( 6 out of 7 are Republicans ) to vote against the bill. RELATED: House GOP Eyes Second Shot At Passing Doomed Border Bill If you think this had more to do with Sessions than Cruz, I could say absolutely, theres no doubt about it, a congressional aide told The Examiner. Alabama Rep. Mike Rogers said Sessions was “very” influential and added that it would be hard to explain to the folks back home why they voted for a border bill Sessions didn’t like. Sessions has been making a lot of noise about the border bill.
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