Speaker John Boehner Caves And Plans To Allow Clean Funding Bill For Homeland Security

At around 11 A.M. Eastern Time, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced that he would allow for a clean funding bill for Homeland Security on Tuesday. The embattled House Speaker said that the Senate’s Department of Homeland Security funding bill would be brought to the House Floor on Tuesday.

The contest over funding Homeland Security has become an epic fail for the House Speaker. He acknowledged that Democrats had won the fight, and took a jab at Senate Republicans, stating: 

Unfortunately, the fight was never won in the other chamber. Democrats stayed united and blocked our bill, and our Republican colleagues in the Senate never found a way to win this fight.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell folded last week, knowing that the Senate lacked the 67 votes needed to override a presidential veto.

Boehner suffered considerable embarrassment on Friday when he couldn’t even marshal through a mere three week funding bill. He needed Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats to bail him out, by supporting a one-week extension for Homeland Security.

Friday’s failure signaled Boehner’s inability to control the House GOP Caucus. Despite holding Republican majorities in both chambers of Congress, McConnell and Boehner have proven impotent to govern, after their victories in the 2014 election.

Boehner’s capitulation sets up a potentially dramatic floor vote on Tuesday, which will decide the fate of Homeland Security funding. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who helped orchestrate passage of the one-week stopgap measure on Friday, applauded Boehner’s decision. Pelosi remarked:

Today, we have an opportunity, in a bipartisan way, to strengthen the homeland security of our nation. …We shouldn’t wait another day to remove all doubt to our enemies, to American families and to the affected workers that we will fully fund the Department of Homeland Security.

By staying unified and demanding a “clean funding” bill for Homeland Security, House and Senate Democrats stood firm in protecting Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. Congressional Republicans were outsmarted and outmaneuvered at every turn. John Boehner lost control of his caucus and was unable to undermine Obama’s executive action.

Boehner is an ineffective leader and not a very skillful parliamentarian. His actions on Tuesday are likely to further enrage the growing nihilistic right-wing in the Republican Party. How long he will survive as House Speaker remains to be seen. However, what is clear, is that Boehner has recognized that he is powerless to override the President of the United States. So on Tuesday, the humiliated House Speaker was forced to cave in and yield to allowing a clean funding bill for Homeland Security.

18 Replies to “Speaker John Boehner Caves And Plans To Allow Clean Funding Bill For Homeland Security”

  1. And so…
    The orange guy caves
    The black guy wins
    And the brown guy still has a shot at fair civic participation.


  2. I hope this is the first of many such victories for the House Democrats. The Tea Party thought they had us under control after November. This should set them straight.

  3. I read where Boehner said he never wanted to be the leader, he wanted to be an exceptional leader. Well at this rate, he’ll have to wait till the monkey jumps out of his ass and does a handstand.

  4. It did not have to be this way. Boehner looks weak, which he is, and not a leader, which he isn’t. He had better options, and refused to act on them. He has nobody to blame but himself.

  5. When you promise your people the moon, don’t be surprised when it comes back to bite you in the asteroid!

  6. Will the monkey trick
    be performed before a joint session of Congress ?
    or will it be saved for the next CPAC Commvention?

  7. Get real – this will only further infuriate them, most likely worse to come, before it gets better (11/16). GOTV

  8. Funding DHS should have never been an issue to begin with. The GOP made it an issue, like they do everything else.

  9. So, when is the next tea bag/repub governing crisis going to happen??
    There’ve been so many, I’ve lost count.

    I don’t seem to recall governing crises happening with Nancy Pelosi.

    The 111th Congress, led by Speaker of the house democrat from California Nancy Pelosi, is one of the most productive in History, next to the 89th that came in with John William McCormack, a democrat from Massachusetts.
    ALL of course in contrast to what we have now, one of THE most unproductive Congress’s in our History with the worst SOTH Boehner.


  10. Oh give them time to think up another crisis…maybe they will go back to gutting social security, medicare, food stamps, or revert back to keystone..let’s see, they only voted on that 3 times or 2? They still have about 50 more times..

    They will think of something.

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