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  • Boehner escapes jam on DHS vote, but more GOP battles loom

    03/04/2015 5:13:02 PM PST · by george76 · 38 replies
    ap ^ | Mar 4, 2015 | CHARLES BABINGTON
    GOP Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma .. said he doesn't think relying heavily on Democratic votes is a "new normal." But he conceded the Republican-led Congress faces even tougher choices ahead, including another debt limit showdown this year, in which scores of conservatives are unlikely to help. ... Tuesday's vote was perhaps the final coffin nail in the "Hastert Rule," promulgated by former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. He said a speaker should not allow votes on major bills opposed by most of his caucus. More than two-thirds of House Republicans voted against the DHS bill Boehner offered Tuesday.
  • DHS approved 100,000 expanded amnesty applications before judge halted program

    03/04/2015 12:49:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 03/04/2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The administration processed about 100,000 applications for amnesty for so-called Dreamers under some of the expanded rules President Obama announced last year, lawyers told a Texas judge late Tuesday, in a move that could complicate their claim that they have halted all action under the amnesty. Mr. Obama’s Nov. 20 announcement offered a number of different benefits to illegal immigrants, including expanding eligibility for his 2012 amnesty for Dreamers and boosting the amount of time he was granting an amnesty form deportation and permits for legal work from two years to three years. While the administration hadn’t begun collecting applications...
  • The Betrayal Papers (Part III): Obama and Muslim Brotherhood Conspire to Destroy America from Within

    03/04/2015 8:43:36 AM PST · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    Joe Miller ^ | March 4, 2015 | Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    The Betrayal Papers Part I – Under Obama: U.S. Captured by the Muslim Brotherhood, presented a picture of a conspiracy that is manipulating the American government. Part II – In Plain Sight: A National Security “Smoking Gun” named several people in the Obama administration who have documented associations to Muslim Brotherhood front groups and the State of Qatar. This article will explore the deliberate strategy of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Obama administration to cripple the middle class and to steer the American economy, as well as identify, to the extent possible, their role in many Obama scandals. Introduction What...
  • Do We Even Need the DHS?

    03/04/2015 6:31:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/04/2015 | Michael Tanner
    So House Republicans have accepted the inevitable and passed a clean bill funding the Department of Homeland Security. We always knew how this would play out. The media, congressional Democrats, and President Obama deluged us with tales of impending disaster, as if ISIS were about to wade ashore in Miami, despite the fact that, according DHS’s contingency plan, 86 percent of the department’s workers would be exempt from any furlough, including virtually all employees at key security agencies like customs and border protection, the Coast Guard, and the Secret Service. On the other hand, the Republicans really had no end-game....
  • It's over - they backed down [email from nobama]

    03/03/2015 5:48:07 PM PST · by upchuck · 13 replies
    email | March 3, 2015 | Jack Shaprio
    It's over. After bringing us within hours of a shutdown on Friday, congressional leaders backed down and voted to fund the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of the year today. That didn't happen because they suddenly came to their senses and decided to stop playing political games. It happened because they knew they couldn't get away with it any longer. They heard the voices of hundreds of thousands of Americans who stood up to let them know we were ready to hold them accountable. They saw reasonable members of Congress standing united, and refusing to budge. And you...
  • I’m Mad As Hell, And I’m Not Going To Take It Anymore!!

    03/03/2015 3:29:20 PM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 15 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 03/03/15 | Leigh Bravo
    No more Department of Education, no more Department of Human Resources, no more IRS, no more Federal Reserve Bank, no more Energy Department, no more stealing, cheating, fraud, and NO MORE LIES!!! “The president has far exceeded his constitutional authority. … We all want to do things to stop the president from his illicit activity.” - House Speaker John Boehner “It is time to allow this Homeland Security funding measure to come to the floor. This is our colleagues’ chance to do exactly what they led their constituents to believe they’d do: defend the rule of law, without more excuses.”...
  • Breaking: House passes DHS funding 257-167

    03/03/2015 12:18:00 PM PST · by GIdget2004 · 199 replies
    twitter ^ | 03/03/2015 | Luke Russert
    GOP is 75 yea and 167 nay Cave complete.
  • Boehner: Pass Clean DHS Bill Today

    03/03/2015 7:51:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/03/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) announced that the House will vote on a clean Department of Homeland Security funding bill, which marks the conclusion of the Republican attempt to block funding for President Obama’s executive amnesty orders. Boehner told the Republican conference that the bill will get a vote on Tuesday. “He said Pelosi could [force a vote] but he hoped it would be done by a GOP appropriator,” a Republican congressman in the meeting tells National Review Online. The GOP lawmaker is referring to a little-known rule, known as Rule 22, that allows any House member to force...
  • Boehner Caves, Aims Now To Support Obama’s Executive Amnesty With Tax Dollars

    03/03/2015 7:09:03 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 66 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/03/2015 | Matthew Boyle
    As expected, Speaker John Boehner has caved and now will support President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty. On Tuesday, Boehner plans to bring to the floor of the House of Representatives a bill that funds Obama’s amnesty in its entirety for the rest of the fiscal year.
  • Boehner to Allow Clean Homeland Security Vote (Updated)

    03/03/2015 7:01:04 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 38 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 03/03/2015 | Steven Dennis and Matt Fuller
    Updated 9:54 a.m. | Speaker John A. Boehner told his restive flock Tuesday that he will allow a vote on a clean Homeland Security spending bill later today, citing concerns about terrorism and pinning blame on the Senate for failing to pass limits on President Barack Obama’s immigration actions. The Ohio Republican told his members the Senate’s DHS bill would be brought up for a vote after it arrives back in the House later today, according to a source in the room. That effectively leaves it up to the courts to rein in Obama — or not. “I am as...
  • GOP: House to Vote Tuesday on Yearlong Bill to Fund Homeland Security Without Conditions

    03/03/2015 6:39:33 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 30 replies
    ABC Snooze ^ | 03/03/2015
    GOP: House to vote Tuesday on yearlong bill to fund Homeland Security without conditions.
  • Levin: Media Piles On House While Obama Ponders Unilateral Tax Hike

    03/03/2015 5:43:21 AM PST · by Biggirl · 12 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 3, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Talk radio host and author of “The Liberty Amendments,” Mark Levin criticized the media for focusing on the House of Representatives in the DHS funding battle instead of President Obama considering unilateral tax increases on Monday.
  • Boehner expected to allow vote on clean DHS bill as soon as Wednesday

    03/02/2015 10:56:47 PM PST · by Ray76 · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | Mar 2, 2015 | Deirdre Walsh and Dana Bash
    House Speaker John Boehner is expected to move soon -- as early as Wednesday -- to bring up the clean bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security for a vote on the House floor, according to two House GOP sources familiar with leadership discussions. And Boehner, who is usually getting attacked from conservative groups on such matters, will now get some help from an outside GOP group. The American Action Network is rolling out $400,000 worth of television and radio ads targeting many of the House conservatives who voted against a short-term funding bill to fund DHS, warning them...
  • Boehner Seeks To Dodge Blame For Coming DHS Funding Cave On Executive Amnesty

    03/02/2015 4:48:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 29 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/2/15 | Matthew Boyle
    House Speaker John Boehner is under fire on Capitol Hill, as Democrats are poised to take control of the House floor to fund President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty. Even though Republicans have solid majorities in both chambers of Congress, a little known and seldom used House rule seems likely to become the vehicle through which a so-called “clean” Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill—meaning one that would have no language blocking Obama’s executive amnesty—would pass the House of Representatives. Senate Republicans already caved last week, passing a clean DHS funding bill for the full rest of the fiscal year...
  • GOP Leaders Still Don't Have a DHS Plan. But They May Have an Escape Hatch

    03/02/2015 4:52:58 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 8 replies
    nationaljournal.com ^ | 3/2/15 | Daniel Newhauser
    House Republican leaders still don't seem to have a plan to avoid a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security at the end of the week. But they may have an escape hatch—one that could technically keep the department open without GOP fingerprints, but might infuriate conservatives in the process. An obscure provision of House rules would allow any member of the House to force a vote on the Senate-passed, full-year DHS funding bill now that the Senate has voted Monday evening against going to conference with the House. A message to reporters from Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid's...
  • Border Agent Brian Terry statue unveiling ignored by Obama and Holder

    03/02/2015 4:34:03 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Examiner ^ | 3/2/15 | David Codrea
    The unveiling of a new statue built to memorialize the murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Saturday at the Homeland Security Department's Brian Terry Border Patrol Station in Bisbee, Arizona, received minimal news coverage by the nation's media except for the Fox News Channel, a news agency maligned and denigrated by President Barack Obama and his administration. In fact, no official from the Obama government attended the event and the sycophants in the legacy media made certain not to cover the story. In the battle at the Mexican-U.S. border, Obama and his minions seem to have chosen the...
  • John Boehner’s big week

    03/02/2015 5:32:42 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 03/02/2015 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Let’s try this again. Congress returns Monday staring at another deadline to finance the Department of Homeland Security. But instead of stalling again, lawmakers look more likely this time to steer the anti-terrorism agency away from the funding cliff through September. With the clock ticking until the new Friday deadline to avert a DHS funding lapse, the GOP-controlled Senate will take the first step with a vote Monday on whether to head into formal negotiations with the House on financing the security agency. Senate Democrats are expected to block that move. That will put the onus squarely back on Speaker...
  • Mark Levin said that our GOP Senators should suspend the filibuster to pass DHS without Amnesty

    03/02/2015 5:41:49 AM PST · by mitchell001 · 34 replies
    March 2, 2015 | Ralph Mitchell
    Last week, Mark Levin, a Constitutional expert, suggested that the GOP senators should suspend the filibuster. There is nothing in the Constitution which requires the arcane filibuster rules. Besides we need a weapon to defend the citizens against Obama's lawlessness. Even if Obama Vetoes the DHS bill without Amnesty, the American people will see the Dems defending Obama's lawlessness if they do not vote to override the veto. Let's tell our Senators to cut to the chase and suspend the filibuster and pass the House version of DHS without Amnesty. The GOP promised the electorate that they would stop Amnesty...
  • Ted Cruz spills secret of GOP amnesty sabotage

    03/01/2015 5:37:42 PM PST · by SoConPubbie · 77 replies
    WND ^ | 03/01/2015 | Garth Kant
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, strongly suggested the fix was in from the beginning by GOP leaders to sabotage the fight against Obama’s amnesty, saying, “The cake was baked from the start.”The senator said that was evident to him immediately when GOP leaders chose a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, as the vehicle to try to stop the amnesty President Obama granted to five-million illegal immigrants by executive order in November.Cruz made the observations while speaking to a small group of reporters across the street from the annual Conservative Political Action Conference,...
  • Congress No Closer To Funding Homeland Security Department As Another Shutdown Deadline Looms

    03/01/2015 8:11:10 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    FoxNews ^ | March 1, 2015
    Congress No Closer To Funding Homeland Security Department As Another Shutdown Deadline Looms March 01, 2015 The widespread disagreement in Congress over President Obama's unilateral actions on immigration that nearly resulted in a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department resumes Monday -- with Democrats, Republicans, senators and congressmen all pointing fingers. The House approved a funding bill for the agency just before the Friday midnight deadline, but only through this week. Though the GOP-led chamber failed to pass a three-week extension and had to rely on Democrats to reach the final, shorter deal, they blame President Obama and Senate...
  • Call Senators-Suspend Filabuster and Pass House Version of DHS without Amnesty

    03/01/2015 9:47:27 PM PST · by mitchell001 · 16 replies
    March 2, 2015 | Ralph Mitchell
    Let's tell our Senators to cut to the chase and suspend the filibuster and pass the House version of DHS without Amnesty. The GOP promised the electorate that they would stop Amnesty and repeal Obamacare, etc.. The GOP Senators must suspend the filibuster for the rest of Obama's term to fight for the American people and push back against Obama's lawlessness. The American people could care less about the filibuster. Let's cut the snobbery, suspend the filibuster and start fighting for what the American people want now!
  • How to solve the DHS funding issue

    03/01/2015 8:16:52 PM PST · by learner · 34 replies
    self | 3/1/2015 | learner
    The Republicans have themselves in a hole, but here is how to get out of it. Pass a Clean bill for Dhs. Then pass a bill in both the House and Senate that says you oppose what Obama did and believe it is unconstitutional, but passed DHS only to protect the country. Pass a bill the is a "sense of the congress" which does not require a presidential signature and therefore is veto proof, but puts the Supreme court on notice. Since the Supreme Court relies on "congressional intent" and the "will of the people as expressed by the congress"...
  • House GOP leader: Senate should change its rules to pass DHS funding

    03/01/2015 1:07:07 PM PST · by Mariner · 60 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/1/2015 | By Jesse Byrnes
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said on Sunday that the Senate should change its rules in order to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). "I think they should change the rule," McCarthy said on NBC's "Meet the Press," suggesting the Senate invoke the so-called "nuclear option" to allow spending bills to only require a simple majority to advance instead of 60 votes.
  • Boehner Admits He Has No Idea What Conservative Caucus’ Plan Was on DHS Vote

    03/01/2015 10:45:45 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 38 replies
    Mediaite.com ^ | 03/01/2015 | Evan McMurry
    VIDEO 4 House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) admitted on Face the Nation Sunday morning he had no idea what the conservative caucus of the House GOP was thinking when it squelched a vote to fund the Department of Homeland Security for another three weeks.Boehner’s plan had been to approve funding for those three weeks to allow a district court time to rule on whether President Barack Obama’s executive order delaying deportations could be implemented while a suit questioning its legality pended. A rider defunding that order is responsible for holding up DHS funding in the Senate, but if the...
  • GOP rep keeps up attack on 'delusional' conservatives

    03/01/2015 10:09:13 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/01/2015 | Jesse Byrnes
    Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on Sunday did not let up in criticizing House Republicans who voted against bills to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since they don't touch President Obama's executive action on immigration. ADVERTISEMENT "There's an element within our party – there's a wing within the Congress – which is absolutely irresponsible. They have no concept of reality," King said on ABC's "The Week.”"For these people to be threatening to defund the Department of Homeland Security at a time when our threat streams have never been greater at any time since 9/11, it's absolutely irresponsible," said King,...
  • Reports of possible deal on DHS funding reignites chatter about Boehner ouster

    03/01/2015 10:22:52 AM PST · by CedarDave · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 1, 2015 | Fox News
    Multiple reports that House Speaker John Boehner has cut a deal to pass a long-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security without ties to rolling back President Obama’s executive action on immigration has reignited rumblings about a Boehner coup. The deal was purportedly struck as the House agreed late Friday night to fund the agency for seven days to avoid a partial shutdown. At least one congressional aide said the deal between Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was to get enough Democratic votes in the Republican-led chamber to avoid the shutdown at midnight Friday, in exchange...
  • House GOP: No deal to vote on 'clean' DHS funding bill

    03/01/2015 10:12:58 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/01/2015 | S.A. Miller
    House Republican leaders and conservatives were in rare agreement Sunday, declaring that there was no deal to vote on a “clean” Department of Homeland Security funding bill and vowing to keep fighting President Obama’s deportation amnesty. Mr. Jordan, Ohio Republican, said his party must do a better job in rallying the American public against Mr. Obama’s executive actions, which seek to grant legal status, work permits and Social Seuciryt numbers to more than 4 million illegal immigrations.
  • DHS Posts 'Due to a Lapse in Funding' Notice

    03/01/2015 9:34:46 AM PST · by lowbridge · 25 replies
    weekly standard ^ | march 1, 2015 | jeryl bier
    In spite of the Friday night passage of an eleventh hour, one-week stopgap spending bill to continue funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the department posted a lapse-of-funding notice and shut-down procedures on its website apparently intended if the last minute efforts failed. While the notice is not listed on the home page, the blog, or the list of DHS publications, it was originally posted around nine o'clock Friday night and remained at this link as of the time of publication of this article:
  • Reports of possible deal on DHS funding reignites chatter about Boehner ouster

    03/01/2015 6:24:38 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 24 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/1/15 | Chad Pergram
    Multiple reports that House Speaker John Boehner has cut a deal to pass a long-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security without ties to rolling back President Obama’s executive action on immigration has reignited rumblings about a Boehner coup.
  • Can John Boehner survive as House Speaker after DHS debacle?

    02/28/2015 1:47:40 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 18 replies
    csmonitor.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Brad Knickerbocker
    Being elected Speaker of the US House of Representatives by his Republican peers should have been the happy culmination of a long congressional career for Rep. John Boehner. Telling his story about rising from modest circumstances – the second of 12 children in a working-class Ohio family – to become a legislative leader and second in order of presidential succession frequently brought tears to his eyes. But so far, at least, it’s largely been a slog through political swamps. He’s had to fight off not only Democrats but tea partiers and other members of his own party – including the...
  • How an Obscure Rule Could Give Boehner a Way Out of DHS Mess (Updated)

    02/28/2015 3:06:49 PM PST · by Kevin in California · 27 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 02-28-2015 | Niels Lesniewski
    A provision tucked deep in the House rule book could provide a way out of the Homeland Security funding mess for Speaker John A. Boehner — without the Ohio Republican actually having to do anything.
  • Breaking: House Votes Down DHS Spending Bill

    02/27/2015 2:27:56 PM PST · by NRx · 104 replies
    CNN ^ | 27 Feb 2015 | CNN
    Breaking: They voted it down
  • Hill fight features rumblings of Boehner coup

    02/28/2015 5:52:23 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 36 replies
    edition.cnn.com ^ | 2/28/15 | Dana Bash, Deirdre Walsh and Alexandra Jaffe,
    Washington (CNN)—House Speaker John Boehner faces a looming threat from conservatives to oust him as speaker, and it's tying his hands on funding the Department of Homeland Security. Congress passed a one-week extension of funding just hours before the deadline on Friday night. It was that fear fueling Boehner's resistance to a longer-term bill, as it might prompt backlash from conservatives. President Barack Obama signed the bill, which funds the Department of Homeland Security through Friday. Two senior House Republican sources tell CNN there's a serious concern among those close to the Speaker that if he allowed a vote on...
  • Trey Gowdy Fights Back Against Obama’s Amnesty With New Immigration Plan

    02/28/2015 4:57:07 AM PST · by Libloather · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/27/15 | Chuck Ross
    South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has introduced an immigration bill to defund President Obama’s executive amnesty and expedite the removal of criminal aliens from U.S. soil. Named after Michael Davis, Jr., a sheriff’s deputy in California who was killed in the line of duty last year by an illegal immigrant, Gowdy’s bill would also provide a work-around for state and local governments to reinforce federal immigration laws while also implementing an annual review of the executive branch’s use of prosecutorial discretion in immigration cases. “If we are serious about finding a long term solution to our immigration system, we...
  • No Shutdown For Now: Congress Passes Week-Long Homeland Security Patch

    02/27/2015 7:10:28 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 46 replies
    NBC News ^ | 27 Feb 2015 | BY CARRIE DANN, ALEX MOE, FRANK THORP V AND LUKE RUSSERT
    Congress has narrowly averted a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security for one week, setting up another funding showdown for next Friday. Hours before a midnight deadline, the House easily approved a one-week extension of the funding. It required two-thirds of members' support to pass. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reversed course later Friday night, instructing House Democrats to back the one-week measure.
  • Rep. Peter King slams his party's right wing over delay on Homeland Security funds

    02/27/2015 11:00:30 PM PST · by Maelstorm · 25 replies
    http://www.newsday.com ^ | February 27, 2015 | By TOM BRUNE
    Long Island's Rep. Peter King said Friday he had run out of patience with the House Republicans who are bent on defunding the Homeland Security Department to protest President Barack Obama's immigration executive orders. "It's wrong politically because we'll be blamed for shutting down the department," said King (R-Seaford). "It's wrong morally because we are putting American lives at risk to satisfy a political imperative." That cliff -- the expiration of funds for DHS as of midnight Friday night -- was avoided with Congress' late action. But it was just hours away when 52 conservative Republicans and 172 Democrats voted...
  • How about a 3 week DHS Extension that Required Senate go to Conference - anyone on FR support that?

    02/27/2015 5:13:09 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 40 replies
    27 Feb 2015 | 11th va
    The optics look really bad without the House sending something to the Senate. If I were Speaker I'd try and send a bill that required Senate go to conference - that would make them look bad if they failed to agree - what say you?
  • U.S. Senate Passes One-Week Security Funding Extension [Breaking News!]

    U.S. Senate Passes One-Week Security Funding Extension Boehner returns to his office after a visit to the House floor for procedural votes for legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security at the Capitol in Washington .
  • DHS funding shutdown looms as key House vote fails

    02/27/2015 2:28:49 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/27/2015 | By Deirdre Walsh, Dana Bash and Ted Barrett
    Washington (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security moved closer to running out of money Friday after the House rejected a bill that would have kept the agency open for three more weeks. Unless another deal is reached by midnight, DHS will fall into a partial shutdown, leaving thousands of workers furloughed while forcing others to show up on the job without being paid. The House vote was a shocking twist to a dramatic day on Capitol Hill. For most of the day, lawmakers seemed poised to avoid a partial shutdown. The House cleared a procedural hurdle earlier in the day, indicating...
  • Obama to sign short-term funding to keep Homeland Security open: White House

    02/27/2015 1:08:44 PM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 27, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    The White House said Friday that President Obama will sign into law a short-term funding bill to avoid a midnight shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, a pledge that all but assures the funding fight over his deportation amnesty will last at least three more weeks. “The truth is, if the president is faced with the choice between the short-term extension and shutting down the Department of Homeland Security, he will sign the short-term extension,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said at the daily press briefing. The president’s willingness to accept the temporary funding being pushed by House Republicans...
  • Congress close in on short-term Homeland Security bill[Republicans leave Obama amnesty untouched]

    02/27/2015 9:31:33 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    My Way ^ | 2/27/15 | ERICA WERNER and DAVID ESPO
    Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin. The legislation also leaves intact Obama administration executive actions on immigration that Republicans have vowed to overturn. But Republicans insisted that passing a short-term bill preserved their ability to keep fighting them. But Senate Republicans had already admitted defeat. As debate proceeded in the House, the Senate voted 68-31 to approve a full-year bill free of contentious immigration provisions. Some House Republicans predicted that they would eventually end up doing the same...
  • Congress close in on short-term Homeland Security bill

    02/27/2015 10:40:20 AM PST · by Reno89519 · 10 replies
    MyWay (AP) ^ | Feb. 27, 2015 | Erica Werner, David Espo
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress closed in Friday on approving a short-term spending bill for the Homeland Security Department that would avert a partial agency shutdown hours before it was to begin. The legislation also leaves intact Obama administration executive actions on immigration that Republicans have vowed to overturn. But Republicans insisted that passing a short-term bill preserved their ability to keep fighting them. An early vote in the House clearing the way for final passage of the bill was approved easily, 240-183. [snip] "I am not going to vote under any circumstances to fund illegal conduct," said Rep. Mo Brooks,...
  • Cuccinelli rips Republicans: 'They don't have any backbone!'

    02/26/2015 9:42:44 PM PST · by Perseverando · 30 replies
    WND ^ | February 26, 2015 | Greg Corombos
    Ken Cuccinelli Senate Conservatives Fund President Ken Cuccinelli calls Senate Republicans’ decision to push Homeland Security funding that includes money for President Obama’s amnesty a “total surrender” that proves GOP leaders “really don’t have any backbone.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., decided earlier in the week to stop pushing a Department of Homeland Security, or DHS, appropriations bill that strictly forbids funding for Obama administration executive action on immigration in 2012 and 2014. With Democrats blocking debate, McConnell agreed to bring a “clean” bill forward in exchange for Democrat promises to vote on a separate bill to defund...
  • House will vote Friday to prevent Homeland Security shutdown

    02/26/2015 8:18:24 PM PST · by what's up · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | Feb 26, 2014 | Scott Wong,Rebecca Shabad and Cristina Marcos
    The House will vote Friday on a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for three weeks in an attempt to avert a shutdown slated for Saturday at the massive agency. If the bill is approved by the House, the Senate is expected to quickly follow suit — though the upper chamber also plans to move forward with a bill funding Homeland Security through the end of the fiscal year. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) announced the new strategy to his rank-and-file members during a closed-door caucus meeting Thursday night. Senior Republicans predicted it would win enough support to clear the...
  • Father tells Congress: My Son ‘Was Murdered By a DREAMer’

    02/26/2015 3:12:54 PM PST · by Baynative · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | Feb 25, 15 | Joel Gehrke Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/414413/father-tells-congress-my-son
    “The illegal alien dreamer that murdered my son only served four months of an eight month sentence for assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a police officer,” Shaw said. “He was released from the county jail the day before he executed my son. Why was this violent illegal alien allowed to walk the streets of America instead of being deported?” “Do black lives really matter or does it matter only if you are shot by a white person or a white policeman?” he added, before alluding to the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ saying that became popular following the...
  • John Boehner Blows Kisses to the Press, Won't Budge on DHS

    02/26/2015 11:02:59 AM PST · by george76 · 34 replies
    NATIONAL JOURNAL ^ | February 26, 2015 | Marina Koren
    Funding for the department expires at midnight on Friday. ... Boehner doesn't appear to be going along with his Republican counterparts in the Senate, where Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is looking to avert a shutdown by offering Democrats a clean funding bill for DHS. The speaker would not say whether he would back a Senate funding bill without provisions that would defund President Obama's executive actions on immigration. At one point, Boehner blew kisses at reporters after they asked whether he would. ... McConnell had attempted to push through a House-passed funding bill four times, but Senate Democrats blocked it...
  • Tea Party favorite defects from DHS funding compromise

    02/26/2015 7:49:43 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 31 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/26/15 | Ben Kamisar
    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) will not vote for a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) appropriations bill because it funds President Obama’s controversial immigration actions, he told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Thursday. “Our laws don’t authorize this action so if it’s carried out, if its implemented, this action will have the effect of undoing something that Congress has done and doing so in a way that circumvents the Constitution,” he said. “We have to use the power of the purse, we have to withhold funding when the president does that.” Senate Democrats have repeatedly filibustered to...
  • How to beat the dems at their own game

    02/26/2015 7:37:15 AM PST · by Glennb51 · 19 replies
    vanity | Glennb51
    I sent the following to Se. McConnell in hopes that he will consider it a viable option. Dear Senator McConnell, Presently the democrats are filibustering in order to prevent discussion on the DHS funding bill passed by the House. The democrats want funding for the illegal immigration executive amnesty order, while the Republicans are against it, and rightly so. I suggest employing the nuclear option in this battle. It is justified by holding a news conference and telling the citizens of the US that the security of our Country is too important to be held hostage by the liberal democrats....
  • Federal judge rebuffs DOJ bid to unfreeze immigration actions by Wednesday

    02/25/2015 5:15:52 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 16 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 2/26/15
    The Texas federal judge who suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration has rebuffed the Justice Department's request that he consider lifting that order by Wednesday. Earlier this week, the Obama administration asked U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to let the immigration programs go forward while the court case played out. The DOJ urged Hanen to decide by Wednesday. But Hanen said he won’t honor the request because he has given those challenging the actions until Monday to respond to the department’s request. Hanen issued his injunction Feb. 16 to halt Obama’s executive actions, which would spare as many as...
  • Obama: 'Consequences' for ICE Officials Who Don't Follow Executive Amnesty

    02/25/2015 5:18:26 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 65 replies
    weeklystandard.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama warned workers at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement: implement executive amnesty, or else. He made the comments in a town hall event on immigration on MSNBC. According to the White House pool report, President Obama was asked for reassurance that people wouldn't be deported as the legal battle over the executive amnesty plays out in the courts. “Until we pass a law through Congress, the executive actions we’ve taken are not going to be permanent; they are temporary. There are going to be some jurisdictions and there may be individual ICE official or Border Control agent not...