For the second day in a row, Senate Democrats have blocked the advancement of a bill that would overturn President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
Republicans failed again to advance a House-passed bill that funds Homeland Security for the rest of the year while overturning President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. All Senate Democrats and Republican Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) voted against advancing the bill to a final vote.
Before the vote, a frustrated Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell whined about obstruction and tried tell sell Democrats as opposing Homeland Security funding, “Perhaps today’s Democrat Party is so devoted to the right of politicians to engage in action that would, as President Obama once seemed to imply, ‘violate the law,’ that it cannot tolerate dissent. But this is no reason to shut down the Department of Homeland Security. This is no reason to prevent the Senate from even debating whether, not to fund this department. So the Democrats’ Homeland Security filibuster needs to end now. And Democrat Senators who say they’re serious about keeping our nation safe — and addressing what President Obama acknowledged as ‘unwise and unfair’ overreach — need to prove it.”
Senate Democrats are going to continue to filibuster the bill because it overturns President Obama’s executive action on immigration. McConnell’s nervousness about being blamed if Homeland Security shuts down is starting to show. There is a simple way for McConnell to avoid a shutdown of Homeland Security. All that the Majority Leader has to do is pass a clean funding bill. House Republicans picked a fight that they can’t win with Democrats on the president’s immigration executive actions.
Senate Democrats aren’t going to vote for anything, but a clean Homeland Security funding bill.
As Sen. Patty Murray put it, “This funding bill for Homeland Security should not be held hostage for immigration. We’re being straight up.”
Hypocrite Mitch McConnell obstructed the Senate for six years, but now that he is in power, he expects Democrats to play by a different set of rules. That’s not going to happen. It is poetic justice that McConnell is getting a taste of his own medicine, and the Republican majority’s dreamed of juggernaut has completely derailed.
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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