By: Melanie Batley, Newsmax.com
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has offered a new legislative solution to the Department of Homeland Security budget standoff, but the proposal would put House Speaker John Boehner in a tight spot with conservative lawmakers who see it as a cop-out.The House’s bill to strip funding for President Barack Obama’s immigration orders has failed to pass the Senate four times amid Democratic calls for a clean bill, and despite the fact that the GOP now control the Senate.
In response, House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday issued a harsh rebuke to the Senate, saying House Republican leaders were waiting for them to act on legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security. “It’s time for the Senate to do their job,” he said.
Speaking to reporters, Boehner called on senators to act on a bill, saying the House was in a “wait-and-see mode,” adding that staff members on both sides of Congress have been talking. In a bid to prevent a shutdown before the current funding arrangement expires Friday, Senate Majority Leader McConnell proposed vote on fully funding the DHS without immigration stipulations, and a second, separate vote to prohibit the president’s implementation of the immigration orders.
RINOTRACKER RESPONSE FROM CHRIS ADAMO:
For the recent events in Congress to make any sense at all, it must first be understood that neither the House nor Senate are serious about thwarting Barack Obama’s unconstitutional “Executive Amnesty.” Rather, their first priority is to allow it to be implemented, in deference to their big donors such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, while hopefully maintaining an image of concern for the sensibilities of the voting base. So they will inevitably concede the issue, but on a piecemeal basis, in order to maintain cash flow but hopefully not alienate the “peasantry” (that’s us) in the process.
From a purely political perspective, they would never consider actually forcing Obama’s hand by allowing DHS funding to run out. If that ever happened, they certainly face a media firestorm, and have cowed in fear over such a prospect on many past occasions. Moreover, the end game is to allow amnesty, and a principled stand could undermine that eventuality. So it is not even a consideration.
Instead, both Boehner and McConnell are involved in synchronized political tap-dancing, by which they hope to give the impression that they are doing their utmost to secure the border and restore our nation’s integrity. Don’t buy any of it!
McConnell tipped his hand when he divided DHS funding from any anti-amnesty measure. In this manner, he assured that funding could not be used as leverage to urge any Democrat votes (only five are needed) in order to break an ongoing filibuster of the measure to oppose Obama’s executive amnesty. To his surprise, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid upped the ante, demanding a clean bill from the House as well. And why shouldn’t Reid expect to prevail? Knowing that he’s dealing with GOP congressional “leadership” which has adopted a political strategy of “victory through unconditional surrender,” Reid is confident he can retain the upper hand.