House Temper Tantrum

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 — 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.  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.

“They may come back to the drawing board and offer a one-week [CR],”said Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., who voted against the three-week bill. “That’s what I heard.”

However, that’s not likely to pass any more muster with Democrats, who want long-term funding for the critical agency — nor will it solve the bigger issue of thwarting Obama’s immigration actions, say Republicans who voted in favor of the three-week bill.

After the failed vote, House GOP allies of leadership fumed at their 50 colleagues who broke ranks in hopes of forcing a better deal that isn’t like to materialize anytime soon, with the White House threatening vetoes and Senate Democrats capable of sustaining filibusters.

“You can’t say you want to fight and not understand tactically how to fight,” said Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif. “If you can’t give three more weeks to keep doing this, it’s a real problem. The 50 people who voted ‘no’ are not only reckless, they’re in favor of Obama’s amnesty. Until you can add the 218 votes, it’s going to continue to be this way. That’s the bottom line.”

Pass the popcorn, folks.

3 thoughts on “House Temper Tantrum

  1. A large part of the Republicans in the “People’s House,” need to be ‘housebroken!’

    Housebroken back, I mean.
    They “Broke Bad” about 10 years ago with the ‘Gingrich De-evolution’ – and have been getting worse ever since, when they have the majority!!!

    They’ve been hoping for a catastrophic terrorist attack on our nation since President Obama took his hand off of the Bible, back in 2009.
    They’ve not just been hoping, they’ve been praying!
    On their knees!
    6 times a day. Twice a day in the direction of NYC, DC, and that field in PA.

    I hope they have a contingency blame-game, in case something horrible happens, and a part of a city, or a stadium, go up in flames, while they fiddle-around.

    Well, America, you get what you vote for.
    A majority of you voted for “Hope” in 2008 and 20012.
    And then, most of you didn’t show-up in 2010 and 2014, so, the GOP has been able to squash “Hope.”
    You get what you deserve, when you vote, or you don’t.
    But, especially, when you decide to sit on your fat asses, and let a minority of loons decide Congress.

    “We the People,” fail too often.

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