Dems Agree to GOP Plan
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From the LeftBoehner-McConnell gap sign of trouble for DHS
They've known for months that Congress would face a late February deadline to keep the Department of Homeland Security running.
Yet the top Republican leaders in Congress -- House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell -- haven't talked to each other for two weeks until Wednesday.
That revelation was a clear sign that Congress is on the verge of letting the agency run out of money at the end of the day on Friday, furloughing some workers while requiring other to show up to work without being...
From the RightMcConnell faces conservative backlash over compromise to fund DHS, Dems get on board
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faced a conservative backlash Wednesday after backing off demands that Congress reverse President Obama’s immigration executive actions as a condition for funding the Department of Homeland Security.
Senate Democrats, meanwhile, voiced support for the new plan after initially staying coy. A day earlier, McConnell, R-Ky., effectively gave them what they wanted – by agreeing to hold a stand-alone vote on a DHS funding bill, with no immigration measures attached.
“We are going to do everything we can to make sure it passes by an overwhelming...
From the LeftSenate Democrats Agree To GOP Plan To Fund Department Of Homeland Security
The Senate made its first move on Wednesday to prevent a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, with just two days remaining until the agency runs out of money.
The upper chamber voted 98-2 on a procedural hurdle that would pave the way for a "clean" funding bill to be brought to the floor, following a deal announced by Senate Democratic leaders earlier in the day. Only Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) voted against moving forward with the agreement, which would fund DHS without any measures...