February 16, 2015
Funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) runs out next Friday, February 27th. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still trying to get Democrats to end their filibuster and vote to begin debate on the bill. As we explained here, the Senate has voted three times to proceed to the bill, but Democrats (and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)) have blocked it.Leader McConnell even presented a compromise to the Democrats that would allow Senators to offer amendments in an alternating fashion between Republicans and Democrats (something Harry Reid would have never done). That way, Democrats could vote on their so-called “clean” funding bill. However, Sen. Durbin objected to this opportunity, suggesting that the Senate simply take up a separate, Senate-originated DHS funding bill.There is one problem with Senator Durbin’s suggestion: The Constitution. As you know, all funding bills must originate in the House, therefore, the Senate has no choice but to proceed to the bill the House sent them. Once they begin debate, they could strip the language blocking funds for the President’s amnesty, but the Democrats (and Senator Heller) are refusing to even begin debate!
The House of Representatives has already done its job by funding the Department of Homeland Security while refusing to pay for President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise made it clear:
“The only path forward on DHS is for the Senate to get on the bill.” Several House delegations have sent letters, like this one from the Indiana delegation, to their Democratic Senators asking them to reconsider their filibuster, and 169 House members, led by Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, sent this letter to Minority Leader Reid asking him to stop playing politics with the Constitution.The Senate has recessed, and your Senators should be home. Please use the phone script to call their state offices and demand they bring up the House-passed bill. Also, if possible, please make a special effort to drop by the office and share your concerns in a respectful fashion.
As a reminder, here are a few reasons the Democrats are terrified of having to debate the executive, illegal amnesty. President Obama’s actions:
- encourage and reward illegal activity
- destroy the economic interests of American workers already undermined by foreign labor
- are overwhelming USCIS, causing inadequate background checks and the diversion of resources
- make the newly amnestied eligible for refunds from the IRS for money earned while working illegally
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