Speaker of the House John Boehner had an epic meltdown in front of the cameras today as the reality is setting in that Republican scheme to hold Homeland Security funding hostage has completely backfired.
The House did its job. We won the fight to fund the Department of Homeland Security and to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions.
Now, it’s time for the Senate to do their work.
You know, in the gift shop out here they’ve got these little booklets on how a bill becomes a law. Right? The House has done its job. Now why don’t you go ask the Senate Democrats when they are going to get off their ass and do something other than vote no.
Boehner was asked if this was coordination he envisioned between House and Senate Republicans, and his rant continued:
Boehner said, “Listen, the issue here is not Senate Republicans. The issue is Senate Democrats. Seven of whom criticized the president’s executive overreach yet they continue to block consideration of the bill.”
Speaker Boehner is angry because Mitch McConnell gave up on trying to pass the House’s Homeland Security funding bill that overturned President Obama’s executive actions on immigration. John Boehner is trying to hide the fact that he and the House Republicans were warned by the Senate that their inclusion of immigration in the Homeland Security funding measure could derail the whole bill. Boehner didn’t listen because he was preoccupied with pulling off another political stunt to appease his own caucus.
Boehner is caught in a trap of his own creation, and now he is throwing a fit.
The reality of the situation is that Democrats aren’t going to vote for anything that isn’t a clean Homeland Security funding bill. Boehner knows this. McConnell knows this. Everyone knows this, which is why Boehner is melting down. John Boehner is eventually going to have to rely on Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats to come in and save him yet again. The House Republican scheme to get Obama for his immigration executive action is dragging down the entire Republican Party.
Until Boehner caves, Homeland Security may shut down. Speaker Boehner will scream and yell until the end of the month, but he knows what he must do.
Democrats have exploited the Republican Party’s weakest link and they are successfully the House’s manufactured Homeland Security funding crisis against the GOP.
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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