House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner cleared the way for a vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for the rest of the fiscal year, dealing a blow to conservative Republicans who wanted to include language blocking President Barack Obama’s immigration actions.
If successful, the vote would end a legislative standoff that began late last year over security funding and Obama’s immigration actions, which have been put on hold by the courts.
Spending authority for the department that spearheads domestic counter terrorism operations ends at midnight on Friday.
Boehner was left with few if any viable procedural options to continue the fight over Obama’s executive actions that last year bypassed Congress to lift the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented residents.
Obama and Democrats have backed a so-called clean funding bill passed by the Senate, and Senate Democrats have repeatedly blocked a House-passed bill that includes the immigration provisions.
I’m sure that we were all imagining last November that the incoming Republican majority would do all it could to encourage Executive overreach by President Obama, right?
The Republicans are drawing lines in the sand that are immediately blown away by hot air from the MSM. This new majority is so afraid to be portrayed badly by the press they’re legislating like scared children who experience perpetual angst about disappointing mommy and daddy.
Barely two months in, and Obama has already seen that the GOP can’t mount any real opposition to his most outlandish attempts at fundamental transformation.
January, 2017 seems to be getting farther away, not closer.