House Speaker John Boehner is widely expected to give up the fight to defund the president’s amnesty bill through the funding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The GOP had promised voters they would block the amnesty plan by the use of the power of the purse. However, as the Examiner would report, Senate Democrats blocked the bill from receiving a floor vote. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to adopt any drastic measures that would break the Democrat’s filibuster.
For days, House Speaker John Boehner asserted his chamber had done its job in passing the bill and the Senate had to find a way to break the filibuster. However, Boehner now plans to bring a floor vote for a clean DHS funding bill as early as this afternoon. Some pundits have speculated the GOP may tack on a rider to the clean bill defunding the president’s extra-constitutional plan to allow 5 million illegal aliens to remain in the nation with green cards and work permits. Should the GOP adopt that tactic, the bill would proceed to the Senate free of any filibuster threat.
At the same time, many believe House Speaker Boehner will merely give Democrats what they deserve: funding for amnesty. Boehner claims the reality is that there is no way to break the filibuster. In addition, the DHS faces critical national security challenges which requires additional funding. Many Republicans believe they cannot allow the DHS to endure a government shutdown.