Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday offered a new plan to potentially break the impasse over legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security — but it remained unclear whether the plan could clear Congress before a looming funding deadline.
Funding for DHS expires at midnight Friday, and McConnell’s change in tactics comes after Democrats repeatedly blocked a Republican-authored bill to both fund DHS and reverse President Obama’s controversial immigration actions.
Democrats have long said those issues should be addressed separately. On Tuesday, McConnell agreed to that demand, and said he would split the issues into two bills.
“I’ve indicated to the Democratic leader that I’d be happy to have his cooperation to advance a consideration of a clean DHS bill,” McConnell said, referring to legislation that would fund the department without any immigration provisions attached.
He added: “I don’t know what’s not to like about this.”
Under McConnell’s plan, the Senate would vote on a DHS funding bill, and also vote on a separate bill to unravel Obama’s November immigration actions. Those executive actions would allow millions of immigrants in the country illegally to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation. …..
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Essentially, he’s throwing the House under the bus.
Now, mind you, I didn’t like the strategy to begin with. It’s ending exactly as I said it would. But, sometimes, you have to stay the course, if for nothing else, to prove you’re willing to stand your ground. McConnell, OTOH, has shown that he’s unwilling, and caves at the first opportunity.
For those wondering what’s wrong with McConnell’s approach, the Keystone veto is why it’s wrong. To separate Zero’s illegal actions from funding his illegal actions is …… well, simply funding his illegal actions. Even if congress passes the funding and then passes a bill telling Zero not to act in this manner, then Zero can just veto that particular bill ….. or ignore the bill, and still act illegally.
What will the House do, knowing the Senate isn’t standing by them? Two guesses and the first one won’t count against you.