By a vote of 51-48 Senate Democrats have blocked progress on a bill that would have overturned President Obama’s immigration executive actions.
Republicans fell short of the needed 60 votes for advancement.
The bill was part of House Republicans latest stunt to overturn President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. House Republicans attached language to a bill that would fund Homeland Security for the rest of the year that would reverse the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and reverse President Obama’s immigration executive actions that shielded immediately family of citizens and permanent residents from deportation.
Democrats stood together in voting against the bill. Sens. Al Franken, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and other liberals opposed the bill. Even more conservative Senators like Joe Manchin from West Virginia opposed the bill. Conservative outlets such as The Fiscal Times have been reporting that Republicans are blocked in and looking for a way out of the immigration fight with President Obama, “Congressional Republicans want a graceful way out of a showdown with President Obama over their threat to withhold funding from the Department of Homeland Security in order to block Obama’s executive order protecting nearly five million illegal immigrants from deportation.”
While Senate Republicans are looking for a way out, House Republicans appear to be obsessed with promoting a confrontation with President Obama that could shut down Homeland Security.
Senate Democrats have once again showcased their power as a unified minority. Republicans thought that they were going to be able to roll through the Senate and impose their agenda on the president. The exact opposite has proven to be true. Republicans are struggling to get much of their agenda through the Senate.
Instead of dividing, Democrats have rallied around President Obama. Senate Democrats have demonstrated that they will continue to be a force to be reckoned with. Republicans thought they could divide and conqueror President Obama and congressional Democrats, but it is the president’s party that is exploiting the divides within the Republican majority.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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