The House of Representatives passed a bill six weeks ago that funded DHS without funding for amnesty; they sent the bill to the Senate. Democrats in the Senate filibustered the bill and prevented it from getting out of Congress.
So Republicans in the Senate caved. They passed a clean bill with some ridiculous promises about debating the amnesty provision in the Senate separately. Then, the Senate passed the bill back to the House.
Speaker Boehner has repeatedly stated that “The House has done its job and will not amend the bill.” Obviously, President Obama and the Left think otherwise. They think they have Congress right where they want them.
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The National Journal reports today:
With less than two days to go before a Homeland Security Department shutdown, John Boehner isn’t blinking. “We passed a bill to fund the department six weeks ago. Six weeks ago!” the House speaker said during a press conference Thursday. “It’s time for the Senate to act. How many times do I have to say it?”
Boehner doesn’t appear to be going along with his Republican counterparts in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to avert a shutdown by offering Democrats a clean funding bill for DHS. The speaker would not say whether he would back a Senate funding bill without provisions that would defund President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. At one point, Boehner blew kisses at reporters after they asked whether he would.
It would be wonderful if Speaker Boehner keeps his word and does not amend the bill to allow amnesty to go forward. Most of the people at DHS (about 85%) are deemed essential anyway and will stay on the job. So what if some people get furloughed.
It’s time for Congress to stand up to our Dear Leader!
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