Republicans are anything if not predictable. The moment they gained power back in the Senate it was obvious that they were going to use that power to play petty partisan politics. The truth is, controlling Congress means very little as long as the person in the White House has veto power. So no matter what sort of propaganda Republicans spew about the nonsense they’re going to undoubtedly shove through Congress, it’s still on them to send the president legislation that they know he will sign, otherwise they’re essentially just wasting time.
The president is the one person who’s voted into office on a national scale, meaning that they’re the one individual who truly “represents the majority of the people.” So no matter what anyone in Congress says, it’s beholden upon them to make sure whatever bills they’re sending to the president’s desk actually have a chance at being signed. It’s extremely rare for both the House and Senate to have the two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto.
All that being said, as many already know the Department of Homeland Security is set to run out of funding fairly soon. Normally this wouldn’t be a huge deal; all it would take is for Congress to pass a bill funding the department, which would almost certainly be signed by President Obama.
Well, not when Republicans are involved. You see, instead of simply passing a clean bill funding a department that’s largely responsible for helping maintain our national security, Republicans have decided to tack on language aimed at rolling back President Obama’s executive order on immigration.
And apparently John Boehner is more than willing to put our national security at risk just so that his party can try to play partisan politics. During an interview with Fox News’ Chris Wallace, the House Speaker said he is fully willing to let Homeland Security run out of funding because he thinks voters will blame Democrats.
Because that’s what’s important, right? Who cares whether or not that the Department of Homeland Security is funded so that it can continue to do its job. The only thing that apparently matters is who might get blamed if their doors happen to close due to a lack of funding.
“The House has acted. We’ve done our job,” Boehner said. “Senate Democrats are the ones putting us in this precarious position. And it’s up to Senate Democrats to get their act together.”
Except, he’s lying – and he’s also wrong. Senate Democrats would gladly vote to approve a bill funding Homeland Security. The issue isn’t that they won’t support that bill, but that Republicans (more specifically those in the House) are refusing to send them a clean bill on which to vote. Which is why if Homeland Security has to close its doors due to a lack of funding, the blame falls on the GOP. This isn’t about immigration, it’s about funding the Department of Homeland Security. Except, Republicans are trying to exploit a bill to fund DHS by including a bill to undo one of President Obama’s executive orders.
This is the same thing we saw during the government shutdown. Just because Republicans now control the Senate, that doesn’t change the fact that they’re trying to use one situation to play petty partisan politics with another. The American people didn’t simply blame Republicans because the government was shut down, they blamed them because they were the ones refusing to send a clean funding bill through Congress.
That’s exactly what they’re doing now.
But if this is the road Boehner and Republicans want to go down, I’m all for it. If they want to put the national security of this country at risk just because they want to use this bill to try to force a rollback on Obama’s immigration executive order, that’s not going to end well for the GOP.
Watch Boehner’s comments below via Fox News:
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