The House failed to pass a measure that would have kept the Department of Homeland Security open for three more weeks, so unless the congress critters have a passing fit of sanity the DHS shuts down tomorrow at midnight.
“This was a conscience vote about trying to uphold the Constitution,” Rep. Walter Jones (R-NC), one of the “no” votes, told TPM. “If you’re supposed to cave in because you don’t want 30,000 people to lose their paychecks â€” how do you make a stand if you don’t take a stand? … It’s the only option we have.”
The only function of the DHS is to issue paychecks to 30,000 people? Who knew?
The bill voted down was only a three-week “patch” so that the House could keep fighting awhile longer. Â Republican leadership wanted the three-week bill. House Dems voted no; they’re holding out for a full funding bill. Apparently the GOP “no” voters were confused about what they were voting “no” on. Now they think they’ll get a resolution to fund the DHS for one week.
However, thatâ€™s not likely to pass any more muster with Democrats, who want long-term funding for the critical agency â€” nor will it solve the bigger issue of thwarting Obamaâ€™s immigration actions, say Republicans who voted in favor of the three-week bill.
After the failed vote,Â House GOP allies of leadership fumedÂ at their 50 colleagues who broke ranks in hopes of forcing aÂ better deal that isnâ€™t like to materialize anytime soon, withÂ the White HouseÂ threatening vetoes and Senate Democrats capable of sustaining filibusters.
â€œYou canâ€™t say you want to fight and not understand tactically how to fight,â€ said Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. â€œIf you canâ€™t give three more weeks to keep doing this, itâ€™s a real problem. The 50 people who voted â€˜noâ€™ are not only reckless, theyâ€™re in favor of Obamaâ€™s amnesty.Â Until you can add the 218 votes, itâ€™s going to continue to be this way. Thatâ€™s the bottom line.â€
Pass the popcorn, folks.