House Republicans have until Friday to decide how best to recover from the Senate’s capituation to Democratic demands over funding the Department of Homeland Security, but it seems they’d prefer to simply get the inevitable over with.
While you were applauding Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s powerful speech to both houses of Congress, Rep. John Boehner was negotiating a deal that would move a clean DHS spending bill forward with nary a mention of the Amnesty Executive Order that began this fight in the first place.
After months of indecision and strife, Boehner told GOP lawmakers he plans to allow a vote as early as Tuesday on a clean bill to fund the Homeland Security Department through the rest of the fiscal year, dashing the hopes of conservatives who want to tie the money to language clocking President Obama’s executive actions on immigration…
“So he just caved in there,” Rep. Tim Huelskamp said of Boehner, adding: “Guess he forgot that a number of us had recommended that this was a poor strategy back in December.”…
“As you’ve heard me say a number of times, the House has done its job by passing legislation to fund DHS and block the president’s executive actions on immigration,” Boehner said, according to the source. “Unfortunately, the fight was never won in the other chamber. Democrats stayed united and blocked our bill, and our Republican colleagues in the Senate never found a way to win this fight. The three-week CR we offered would have kept this fight going and allowed us to continue to put pressure on Senate Democrats to do the right thing. Unfortunately, that plan was rejected.”
I included the last part out of deference to the Speaker, who, despite buckling this morning as though Ronda Rousey had just put 15 seconds on the clock, held out a full 72 hours before completely throwing in the towel, which is better than expected. Like Ace says, there was probably never a chance that the Republicans were ever going to follow through with actually shutting down DHS, unless literally every last one of them wanted to hear about how they sacrificed the security of the country to the whims of the Republican base the next time any of them had to face a Democrat in a state-wide race. The saddest part here is, of course, that it looks like the leadership turned to the Democrats to get the bail out after they made the horrendous mistake of showing how utterly unserious they were about following through with the threat of actually defunding DHS.