UPDATE: On Wednesday, February 4th, the Senate again voted on cloture on the motion to proceed to H.R. 240. All Democrats and Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV) once more defeated cloture by a vote of 53-47.

URGENT UPDATE: STOP AMNESTY – keep calling Senate!

February 3, 2015

SenateEarlier today, the U.S. Senate failed to proceed to debate on the House-passed Homeland Security appropriations bill that defunds President Obama’s amnesties. Senate Democrats and Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) decided that they would rather shut down the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) than have a debate on the president’s executive actions.

Democrats say that Republicans are endangering our national security, but they have little to back up this statement. As Senator Roy Blunt pointed out, “You can’t protect the country if you refuse to even debate the bill.” Even if a DHS bill were not passed before the deadline, 85% of the department’s employees stayed at work during the last government shutdown. The best way to avoid a DHS shutdown is to pass the House bill, which fully funds the department and does not pay for the unconstitutional amnesty that threatens our national security, as well as the economic prospects of millions of Americans.

Although there are rumblings that the Republicans might cave, Republican Leadership in the House has made it very clear that there is no plan B. In fact, Majority Whip Steve Scalise has been very strong on the issue for the past few weeks, and immediately said after the failed vote, “There is no plan B because this is the plan.” Call and thank him for standing strong!

Tonight, Leader McConnell filed cloture on the next vote, so there will be at least one more vote this week to proceed to the bill. Many senators who voted no today have expressed their concern about President Obama’s executive amnesty.

It is crucial that you respond to this alert by contacting Senate Democrats and asking them why funding amnesty is more important than funding the rest of DHS. Then, call Senator Heller and ask him the same. Tell them to vote YES on the next procedural vote on H.R. 240 – the House-passed DHS funding bill.

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