Senate Democrats Block Boehner’s Last Chance At Escaping His Homeland Security Crisis

Harry Reid, Tim Kaine, Mazie Hirono, Elizabeth Warren, Angus King

Senate Democrats blocked the motion to negotiate with the House on the Homeland Security funding bill that means that John Boehner is both out of options and quickly running out of time on his Homeland Security crisis.

The final vote 47-43. Republicans were 13 votes short of the number needed to move forward.

Before the vote Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told House Republicans that Democrats weren’t going to take part in Boehner’s charade:

Senate Democrats do not support going to conference because it will be counterproductive. Republicans have no intention of using a conference to craft legislation that will pass both Houses of Congress and prevent a shutdown of Homeland Security. House Republicans want to take a bill that they negotiated, a bill that was written by House and Senate Republicans and Democrats – a bipartisan, bicameral bill – and turn it into something that cannot pass.

Senate Democrats will not be a party to yet another Republican charade that will inevitably shut down the Department of Homeland Security and put our nation at risk. The Senate should reaffirm our bipartisan vote last Friday for a clean bill to prevent a shutdown. We had 68 votes and we can do it again. We should do it again.

Despite Boehner and the House Republican leadership’s claims that no deal has been made, House Democrats are telling their members that they will be voting on a clean funding bill for Homeland Security this week. Democrats have the option of using an obscure House rule to bring the bill to the floor for a vote, but it is more likely that Speaker Boehner is going to cave.

Even if Boehner doesn’t put the bill on the floor himself, it is clear that an agreement has been reached between House Democrats and Republicans. Speaker Boehner is running out of escape routes. Boehner doesn’t want to shut down Homeland Security, but the clock is ticking, and Democrats aren’t going to budge.

27 Replies to “Senate Democrats Block Boehner’s Last Chance At Escaping His Homeland Security Crisis”

  1. If the GOP spent HALF the time working on the peoples’ business as they do conniving on every stinking issue, this country would be a lot better off.

    They are IDIOTS. They CREATE the crisis and then can’t get out of it, so the Dems have to “fix it.”

  2. What did he expect? He was told time and time and time again that his House bill was unacceptable as long as it took away the President’s power. He figured he could bull and/or bluff his way through and look at where it got him…. exactly no where.

    He deserves all the humiliation/condemnation the Democrats can heap upon his head.

  3. Concerning that rule option crazy Steve King rethug from dumbfukistan , wrote a resolution that would block House Democrats from forcing a vote on the “clean” funding bill. Here’s the text of that resolution from his site:

    “Resolved, That any motion pursuant to clause of rule XXII relating to the bill H.R. 240 may be offered only by the Majority Leader or his designee.”

  4. The goper hawks have their cojones in a vise. They can’t go war mongering in the middle east when they can’t even fund the protection of a bus stop in this country.

    Dumb asses…

  5. Boehner can cry us all a river and build us a bridge NOBODY (mainly me) feels sorry for him

    He needs to cut the crap and bring the bill by itself up for a vote and quit wasting time…

  6. Tea baggers always think they are powerful and in control.. To the rest of us.. It just means that someone forgot to flush..

  7. The Dems can use an obscure rule to pass a clean bill, or the Speaker can cave. Either way, the Oompa Loompas are going to be crying by the end of the week.

  8. I don’t know whether to laugh or to cry at this. Boehner is weak, a fool, a liar, all things bad, really. If he had done the right thing from the get go, he wouldn’t be in this mess

  9. Both you and many posters on conservative sites are acting like ill mannered thugs. Name calling and denigrating remarks are only a sign of ignorance and show an unwillingness to address these complex issues in an adult manner. Why is it, I wonder, when it is clear that the majority of Americans agree on the vital issues facing our nation that the fringe on both sides derail the discussion and do everything to divide us and prevent intelligent, patient and measured debate. Who wins here? Not the public, that’s for sure. We have been hosed by both parties for years. Who can even tell when any politician is telling the truth? I know most are accomplished liars and say whatever will benefit themselves and their hold on power. I hope I could have a reasonable discussion with you, but I think it unlikely. I believe the hatred and filth you seem to be espousing only divides us to the benefit of the elite, both left and right. Who else benefits when the common folk cannot come together?

  10. Steve King’s racism and xenophobia knows NO bounds. His hate for all things not-White-American trumps his love for country.

  11. I agree that name calling and denigrating remarks are not helpful, but after six years of Republican filibustering and my way or the highway attitudes, it’s time to say enough. I disagree with your false equivalency in that both parties are to blame. Nothing could be further from the truth. Republicans have spent over thirty years trying to sell their trickle down economics which has a proven history of only helping the wealthy, yet they keep pushing the same old ideas. When Democrats and Independents want to try a different path, Republicans block it and lie about it and their billionaire friends spend outrageous money in ads to spread the lies to keep it from happening. Wake up. There is no equivalence.

  12. ” Democrats have the option of using an obscure House rule to bring the bill to the floor for a vote, ”

    In other words, Speaker Boehner has agreed to hand the gavel over to Speaker Pelosi in order to get something done in the House.

  13. Oh, puh-leaz …

    Just QUIT with the false equivalency – because “both sides” DON’T do it!

    Repubicans have been at fault for the past six years, so lay the blame right at their doorstep … right where it belongs!

  14. @Independent…could be because people are fed up with NoBoner and his coherts’ incompetence. The liar is NoBoner who has been on just about every channel blaming his failed grandstanding on Obama. He has noone to blame but himself for the chaos and the crisis he has created.

  15. Independent, I do not hang out on conservative sites, nor do I post there.

    Civility is sorely lacking in our country today, that is true.

    Sometimes you have to be uncivil to get your point across, you have to go down to their level, so they might understand you.

  16. I don’t have the slightest sympathy for this crybaby. He has yet again painted himself into a corner by being a follower of people he should have been leading. He followed their efforts to once again spite the president, and he needs to pay a heavy price for his spinelessness.

  17. We’re all going to die! More defense money, boots on the ground, everywhere!Bomb Iran! ISIS, ISIL, brown people, immigrants…….aughhh!!!!

    So, we’re going to stop funding for America’s security.

    You can’t make this up. Science fiction writers wouldn’t even think of this as a plausible story line.

    More “Supply Side Jesus”, that’s what we need.

    Its come to the point where when I’m around a bagger, I leave. They’re insane and worse than religious zealots knocking on my door to spread the “good word”. Like slavery is good with their god.

    Gotta stop typing because it gets my blood pressure to high.

    Best to all of you who post here. Thank you for keeping me somewhat sane.

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