Nancy Pelosi Calls Out John Boehner For Holding Homeland Security Funding Hostage

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Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is on to Speaker John Boehner and the Republican Party’s plans to use the Department of Homeland Security as a hostage for their political agenda, even after the horrific act of terrorism in Paris has brought national security back to the forefront of Americans’ minds. Pelosi’s office issued a statement Thursday evening calling it out:

Speaker Boehner and Republicans continue to use the broken immigration system, the Department of Homeland Security and our national security as a political ploy - perpetuating false propaganda about enforcing our immigration laws.  Rather than building upon the President’s move and ensuring our nation’s safety is uncompromised, see what they prefer to do:

[Speaker Boehner] assured members that his plan to challenge Obama has not changed, even in the wake of a terrorist attack on Paris that’s put national security issues back on the front page.  [MSNBC, 1/8]

Department of Homeland Security is only funded through Feb. 27 - Republicans want to use the deadline as leverage to block the immigration spending.  [Fox News, 1/8]

House Speaker John Boehner is promising a fight on immigration that has the potential to shut down the Department of Homeland Security.  [TPM, 1/8]

Indeed, Speaker Boehner (R-OH) wouldn’t rule out using the Department of Homeland Security as a hostage for the Republican agenda:

Yesterday I pointed out that Republicans were already on defense over their refusal to fund the DHS past February 27th:

In the wake of the Paris magazine attacks that have reportedly killed 12 people including journalists and police, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is backing away from Republican threats to defund Homeland Security as their way to defeat President Obama’s executive actions on immigration reform.

Republicans only passed short term funding for the DHS in December, as they were planning to defund the agency in order to stop Obama from acting on his executive privilege with actions on immigration. Then they “discovered” that they don’t have the authority to do so, since the agency which will carry out Obama’s immigration executive orders is funded on fees and not through Congressional appropriations, but this didn’t stop them from introducing a show bill Tuesday that ignores this fact.

Republicans refuse to say that they will fund the DHS and won’t hold it hostage. There is only one reason why they haven’t funded it, and that is to use our national security as leverage in order to get what they want. The fact that they haven’t said that they will not do this, even in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Paris, is troubling.

Republicans have already risked our economy and the safety of our embassy personnel in order to satisfy their petulant need for obstruction. Will they sacrifice our national security too?

14 Replies to “Nancy Pelosi Calls Out John Boehner For Holding Homeland Security Funding Hostage”

  1. This too will backfire. The GOP are gone deaf! They are doing this to stop Obama’s exec action on immigration policy, but the funding is not from the taxpayer but via fees. The Congress has no control over it. They’re idiots!

  2. Republicans would destroy the country if it meant denying Obama anything he requested in the long run.

    You think that de-funding DHS wouldn’t be beneath them? Just to spite him?

  3. LOL. He is always three steps ahead of them. i would have loved to see what he had planned, but Islam extremists put a new wrinkle in it. I think he might have gotten more had they not did this, now it is nearly have to for the GOP, then this is the GOP I am typing so boldly about, LOL.

  4. The Republicans will stop at nothing to try to destroy this Black Democrat who’s occupying the White House. Country be damned, they’ll sacrifice anything to destroy this President and they have the backing of a lot of low information, misinformed and blatantly racist people to support them in their quest.

  5. Can it be possible that someone is not racist and yet disagrees with the President?
    I could care less that he is a half black man raised in Indonesia. That he had no experience or qualifications does matter. That his foreign policy guru is Joe Biden matters. That he is unwilling to call Islamic terrorists what they are. Those things matter, not the color of his skin but the content of his character. I’m not republican BTW so don’t start that crap again. And I really can’t believe you don’t see the Bush in this guy. Happy New Year!

  6. With the Speaker it’s always politics over the people. He has no desire to help or protect the people of the United States if it means helping the people or anything the President stands for. He’s just a paycheck politician.

  7. It is more than likely that from your post you don’t have a fuking clue on anything only what fox tell you

  8. Homeland Security is the USA’s version of the Gestapo and the TSA is our SS.
    That’s a good reason to defund them.
    After all the terrorists have been defeated and they’re on the run! Right?
    And the economy is up Right?
    Unemployment is down Right?
    Sure if you like kidding yourself with false numbers
    What happened to your oath to defend America from enemies foreign or domestic DJ?
    And thanks for your service too. No really.

  9. The President is not from Indonesia, and he is of mixed heritage. What exactly is your problem. And you are a Republican, anyone can tell by your thoughts and your rant. Go catch up with your crowd.

  10. Americans are so foully misinformed by the Liberal corrupted mainstream media that it takes an army to bring them up to speed on the truth. We can’t let them be led like Lemmings to the slaughter anymore. Out of the rhetoric darkness is a fresh, spotlessly clean cable news channel. If you really desire the truth about American politics and the real raw news, without the intervention of wealthy special interests then click on one American news network. If you want to read information from the radical LIBERAL press, then go no further than the ‘Huffington Press’ as they erase everything I write.

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  11. Hey you Dems were spineless and did nothing to win; now you have those spineless Dem’s kissing up to the Repub’s; your weakness put this country in serious trouble’ Next does it really sound reasonable that what only 36% of the people voted?

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