Senate Democrats allowed a clean Homeland Security funding bill to move forward after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell caved and dropped the language that overturned President Obama’s immigration action.
The stalemate over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was broken Wednesday as the Senate voted 98-2 to proceed to legislation that would prevent a partial government shutdown.
Democrats agreed to support the DHS bill after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) agreed to strip out provisions inserted by the House that would reverse President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
McConnell ran for reelection last fall on a promise that he would confront President Obama and force the president to do the Republican Party’s bidding. Instead, it is McConnell who has been broken by a unified Democratic Senate resistance.
The stage is now set for the Senate to quickly pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill, and place all of the pressure on Speaker of the House John Boehner. The Senate agreement does not mean that a Homeland Security shutdown has been avoided. Boehner and the House Republicans have given no indication that they will pass a clean funding bill.
Rep. Boehner (R-OH) has been trying to blame Senate Democrats for the Homeland Security funding crisis, but that excuse ends today. Once the Senate passes the clean bill, Boehner will have a choice. He can pass a clean funding bill, or he can shut down Homeland Security.
His excuses are gone. Democrats in the Senate won. The Senate will pass a clean Homeland Security funding bill. If the country’s national security gets jeopardized, John Boehner and House Republicans will be blamed.