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  • Breaking: House Votes Down DHS Spending Bill

    02/27/2015 2:27:56 PM PST · by NRx · 101 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 · 19 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 · 45 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 · 44 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...
  • 30 House Republicans Press House Leaders To Continue DHS Fight Against Executive Amnesty

    02/25/2015 5:58:56 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 25 Feb 2015 | Caroline May
    Thirty House Republicans are calling on their leadership to continue to stand firm against calls for a so-called “clean” Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill — or one free of House-passed riders blocking President Obama’s executive amnesty. In a letter dispatched Wednesday to House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) the lawmakers, led by Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), argued that the House must continue to fight against Obama’s executive actions using the “power of the purse.” “American voters supported our position of opposing executive overreach during the November elections, and are solely...
  • Hoyer: During DHS 'Shut Down,' 200,000 of 230,000 DHS Workers Would Still Work

    02/25/2015 2:37:01 PM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/25/15 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com)- House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said on the House floor on Tuesday that if Congress did not pass a Department of Homeland Security funding bill by the end of the week, it would shut down the department—but that 200,000 of the department’s 230,000 employees would still go to work. The other 30,000 employees are not deemed “essential” workers. “The Department of Homeland Security will not be funded,” said Hoyer. “There are 230,000 people who work at that Department, and 30,000 of them, mostly administrative personnel, will be laid off. The others, known as critically important important—essential employees who are...
  • McConnell faces conservative backlash over compromise to fund DHS, Dems get on board

    02/25/2015 12:20:23 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 59 replies
    FOX News ^ | February 25, 2015
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell faced a backlash Wednesday from conservatives 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’ve been demanding – 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 vote. I think virtually every Democrat will vote...
  • WHIP LIST: House Republicans split on ‘clean’ Homeland Security funding [updated]

    02/25/2015 10:43:48 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/25/2015 | Cristina Marcos
    <p>The Hill is asking House Republicans if they’d support a clean funding bill. We’ll be updating this list continually.</p> <p>John Carter (Texas) — The chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing Homeland Security says the funding legislation written by his staff is “a good bill.”</p>
  • DHS Funding Battle Goes Down to the Wire

    02/25/2015 10:28:46 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/25/15 | Arnold Ahlert
    The Obama administration chooses amnesty madness over domestic security. Unless the issue is resolved between now and Friday, there will be a “shutdown” of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) due to the GOP’s determination to withhold funding for President Obama’s dubious immigration agenda. The quotes around the word shutdown reflect the fatuousness behind the hysteria being whipped up by the Obama administration and their media allies. That’s because 80 percent of the DHS’s 240,000 employees are deemed “essential,” and will continue to work, albeit without receiving paychecks until the dispute is resolved. Nonetheless Sen. Tom Carper, senior Democrat on...
  • Senate Dems may accept McConnell's DHS offer (like there was ever any doubt)

    02/25/2015 9:01:18 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    politico.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Burgess Everett and Manu Raju
    Senate Democrats are considering a shift in strategy that could offer a resolution to a long Senate impasse over funding the Department of Homeland Security — and put more pressure on House Speaker John Boehner. The Senate minority is now considering accepting Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s offer to vote on a bill funding DHS that is not tied to efforts to block President Barack Obama’s immigration strategy. That move would come after Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had said on Tuesday that he would not move forward with McConnell’s proposal to vote on a “clean” funding bill that keeps DHS...
  • Battle over Homeland Security heats up and Alabama's Jeff Sessions is in the middle of the fight

    02/25/2015 6:46:33 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 10 replies
    al.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Leada Gore
    A look at some closed-doors negotiations involving the Homeland Security Department funding bill shows things are heating up among Republicans trying to hammer out a deal. And at the center of it all is Alabama's Jeff Sessions. Politico detailed a recent Senate Republican meeting in a story yesterday. The negotiations center on a bill that would keep DHS funded through the end of the year. The measure has already passed the House but has stalled in the Senate due to Democratic opposition to the inclusion of repeal of President Obama's immigration orders. Some Senators are calling for a "clean" bill...
  • House conservatives: Boehner’s Speakership in danger if he caves on DHS/amnesty like McConnell did

    02/25/2015 8:28:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 60 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/25/2015 | AllahPundit
    Another empty threat or the last straw?This is noteworthy, I think, not so much because there’s a legit prospect of mutiny as because it shows what a total strategic clusterfark the whole cromnibus/DHS/amnesty fiasco has been. Not only are Republicans at each other’s throats, there’s a nonzero chance that DHS may shut down this week because the Republican-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate simply can’t get on the same page. Imagine that. Imagine if the first big legislative standoff in the new GOP Congress ends with a stalemate between the two chambers rather than a stalemate between the GOP...
  • Democrats: We’ll Block DHS Funds Until Boehner Surrenders

    02/25/2015 7:45:54 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 52 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 2/24/15 | Neil Munro
    Top Democrats said Feb. 23 they will hold the homeland security budget hostage until the GOP’s House caucus agrees to quit its popular anti-amnesty efforts. “If we are going to avoid a government shutdown on the Department of Homeland Security, we need a commitment from Speaker Boehner that we have a bipartisan, bicameral approval to end this deadlock,” Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin told reporters during a Tuesday press conference in the Senate. Durbin spoke shortly after the Senate’s GOP Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appeared to submit to the Democrats’ demands that the DHS 2015 budget not curb spending on the...
  • McConnell's 'Clean' DHS Bill Puts Squeeze on Boehner (the last minute emergency game again)

    02/25/2015 5:28:13 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 27 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | 2/25/15
    Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has offered a new legislative solution to the Department of Homeland Security budget standoff, but the proposal would put House Speaker John Boehner in a tight spot with conservative lawmakers who see it as a copout. The House's bill to strip funding for President Barack Obama's immigration orders has failed to pass the Senate four times amid Democratic calls for a clean bill, and despite the fact that the GOP now control the Senate. In a bid to prevent a shutdown before the current funding arrangement expires on Feb. 27, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell...
  • DHS declares ‘right-wing sovereign citizens’ top U.S. terror threat

    02/25/2015 4:45:39 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 57 replies
    Personal Liberty ^ | 2/24/2015 | Sam Rolley
    A Department of Homeland Security report obtained by CNN last week indicates that DHS officials believe “right-wing sovereign citizen extremists” are as big a threat to the nation’s safety as Islamic extremists who sympathize with ISIS. CNN reported Friday that “federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS…” From the report: The government says these are extremists who believe that they can ignore laws and that their individual rights are under attack...
  • CNN, DHS and SPLC's Blame-Righty Hit Job

    02/25/2015 5:41:02 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    The Department of Homeland Security refuses to release a report on "right-wing" terrorism that somehow found its way into CNN's hands last week during the farcical White House summit on Don't Say Islamic Extremism. Your tax dollars are once again hard at work -- defaming conservatives, deflecting from worldwide murderous jihad and denying the public access to information they funded. CNN splashed the big scoop on its website: "DHS intelligence report warns of domestic right-wing terror threat." The fear-mongering piece featured a huge map of 24 alleged acts of "violence by sovereign citizen extremists since 2010." CNN's Evan Perez and...
  • Eunuch Mitch McConnell Squeals Like a Pig

    02/25/2015 5:20:36 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 17 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/25/15 | Erick Erickson
    I told you guys the Senate GOP would screw us over on DHS funding, but even I had no idea Mitch McConnell would capitulate so easily. I assumed he’d do a major song and dance first, but instead he just went all Ned Beatty in Deliverance the moment Barack Obama looked at him funny. Good grief. Even CNN’s website declared that the Democrats were the ones blocking Department of Homeland Security Funding. McConnell behaved as if he needs testosterone injections. His minion in the press want everyone to know the steel in his spine, but it is more silly putty....
  • The Betrayal Papers: A National Security “Smoking Gun” of Obama’s Conspiracy with Muslim Brotherhood

    02/25/2015 5:18:16 AM PST · by Randall_S · 9 replies
    Joe Miller ^ | February 25, 2015 | Coalition of Concerned Citizens
    The first article of the Betrayal Papers asserted that the Muslim Brotherhood was not only influential in the United States government, but in fact dominated the administration of President Barack Hussein Obama. This article will name several key people who were or are in the Obama administration and who have various, documented associations with organizations which are directly tied to and/or funded by the Muslim Brotherhood and the State of Qatar (home to Brotherhood’s Spiritual Leader, Yusuf al-Qaradawi). These individuals have helped dictate national security policies that have crippled counterterrorism efforts at home and abroad. Three more “Betrayal Papers” in...
  • Jeff Sessions doesn't want DHS bill separated from immigration

    02/24/2015 3:01:05 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 21 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 2/24/15 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Tuesday suggested lawmakers should keep a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) tied to a controversial fight over immigration. The Alabama Republican rejected a narrative by Democrats and some Republicans that the immigration provision should be separated from the DHS bill because the issue is currently before the courts. A Texas judge last week temporarily halted the immigration actions President Obama unveiled last November. The Justice Department on Monday asked for an emergency court ruling to allow Obama's immigration action to go forward. “There is a reasonable chance that some court will...
  • Mitch McConnell goes into fetal position. Harry Reid is the new leader of the Senate.

    02/24/2015 2:50:41 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 104 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/24/15
    Sad and disappointing but not a surprise. Sen. Mitch McConnell has showed himself to be the gutless wimp that we’ve all known he is. He has given the Democrats exactly what they have been demanding. In other words, Sen. Mitch McConnell, as majority leader, has shown the same feckless, flaccidity that he showed while minority leader. What he’s done is pass the buck back to the House: This is a shame. The issue is not only important but it is an easy win. It is the Democrats and the White House that need DHS funded. The GOP doesn’t. Something like...
  • U.S. conservatives urge Boehner to hold firm on immigration

    02/24/2015 10:50:02 AM PST · by 11th_VA · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 24 Feb 2015 | Susan Cornwell
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Conservative Republicans urged House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner not to capitulate in a fight with Democrats over President Barack Obama's immigration policy that threatens a partial Homeland Security shutdown later this week. The conservative lawmakers, led by Representative Jeff Duncan, circulated a letter to Boehner and other House leaders telling them to hold the line in opposing Obama's executive actions shielding millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, a Duncan aide said on Tuesday. "Now is the time to stand firm against these unlawful executive actions," said the letter, signed by about 20 conservative Republicans so far.
  • McConnell Caves, But Reid Wants Full Surrender From Boehner As Well

    02/24/2015 1:17:00 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 2/24/15 | Jonathan Strong and Caroline May
    Republican leadership in the Senate is fully caving to the demands of Democratic lawmakers calling for a so-called “clean” Department of Homeland Security funding bill that leaves President Obama’s executive amnesty intact, but Democrats are still balking at the plan. “I’ve indicated to the Democratic leader that I’d be happy to have his cooperation to advance consideration of a clean DHS bill, which would carry us through September 30,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told reporters Tuesday. “With Democratic cooperation on a position they have been advocating for the last two months, we could have that vote very quickly.”...
  • Again: Senate Democrats Filibuster DHS Funding to Protect Obama's Amnesty

    02/24/2015 8:52:38 AM PST · by Servant of the Cross · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 2/24/2015 | Guy Benson
    For weeks, Harry Reid and his Senate Democratic minority -- with the explicit blessing of the White House -- have been blocking all debate on a House-passed bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The House legislation provides full appropriations for DHS, with the small exception of stripping out funds targeted for the implementation President Obama's unpopular and illegal (according to both a federal judge and Obama himself) executive amnesty fiat. Democrats in the upper chamber had already filibustered three attempts to take up, discuss, or amend the House's bill. Last night witnessed round four. Kudos to CNN for...
  • Obama Administration Has Already Handed Out Millions of Illegal Work Permits

    02/24/2015 7:13:41 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 69 replies
    Powerline ^ | February 23, 2015 | John Hinderaker
    A federal court has ruled that the Obama administration’s plan to issue work permits to illegal immigrants is–this is not exactly a surprise–illegal. But the Democrats are undeterred. Today, for the fourth time, they filibustered funding for the Department of Homeland Security, insisting that if Obama’s illegal program isn’t funded, the entire DHS must be shut down. In the meantime, it has come to light that the Obama administration has been handing out illegal work permits for years. The Center for Immigration Studies has received documents in response to a Freedom of Information Act request that indicate millions of such...
  • McCain: Leave Immigration Fight ‘To The Courts’

    02/24/2015 5:51:07 AM PST · by cotton1706 · 26 replies
    Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama’s contested immigration measures from the agency’s funding bill. It was not clear whether the gambit by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would succeed ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline to fund the department or see it shut down. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not also overturn Obama’s executive actions on immigration. But with Senate Democrats united against a...
  • Texas Governor: Since Jan. 1, 'We Have Had More Than 20,000 People Come Across the Border'

    02/24/2015 5:59:10 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 11 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | February 23, 2015 - 7:30 AM | Susan Jones
    "We all saw what happened on the Texas border last summer, but we need to understand that the problem is not going away," Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told CBS's "Face the Nation" with Bob Schieffer on Sunday. "Already this calendar year, since January 1, we have had more than 20,000 people come across the border, apprehended, unauthorized. And so we have an ongoing problem on the border that Congress must step up and solve." (All told in fiscal year 2014, U.S immigration officials removed 213,719 individuals apprehended while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.) Schieffer reminded Abbott that there...
  • McConnell Unveils Anti-Executive Amnesty Bill That Isn’t Tied to DHS Funding

    02/24/2015 6:43:00 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/24/2015 | Joel Gehrke
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) unveiled legislation targeting President Obama’s most recent executive orders on immigration that does not withhold funding for the programs, after Senate Democrats once again filibustered a motion to debate the House-passed Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill. “Some Democrats give the impression they want Congress to address the overreach,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “But when they vote, they always seem to have an excuse for supporting actions they once criticized. So I’m going to begin proceedings on targeted legislation that would only address the most recent overreach from November. It isn’t...
  • Senate Democrats Block DHS Funding Bill For A Fourth Time

    02/24/2015 6:20:33 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 23 Feb 2015 | Caroline May
    Senate Democrats blocked debate on a Department of Homeland Security funding bill for a fourth time on Monday. Last month, the House passed a DHS appropriations bill that also defunds President Obama’s executive amnesty. Senate Democrats have prevented consideration of the bill because it contains provisions blocking Obama’s actions. House Republicans have said they do not plan on bringing up another iteration of the DHS appropriations bill. And Senate Democrats — including those who have offered concerns and even opposition to Obama’s executive amnesty — have been preventing the bill from even getting to the floor. ... The victory in...
  • Mitch McConnell Unveils Plan B Against Obama Immigration Actions

    02/23/2015 7:58:48 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 11 replies
    Huffing and Puffington Post ^ | 02/23/2015 | Elise Foley
    WASHINGTON -- The Senate finally appears to have a Plan B -- or at least the beginnings of one -- to break the standstill on funding the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced Monday that the chamber will vote on a stand-alone bill to block President Barack Obama's immigration executive actions that could allow as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants to remain in the country and work.
  • Judge Napolitano: ‘Crazy’ For Gov’t To Argue ‘We Must Help Lawbreakers Break The Law More’ [VIDEO]

    02/23/2015 8:15:05 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 14 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 02/23/2015 | Al Weaver
    Judge Andrew Napolitano on “The Kelly File” Monday called the Obama administration “crazy” for arguing that illegal immigrants should be given priority over law-abiding citizens.Reacting to the government filing both an appeal and a motion to allow President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration to go forward, Napolitano told host Shannon Bream that while the government has a right to appeal, he has never seen the government argue “we must help lawbreakers break the law more.” “They made a crazy argument,” Napolitano began. “They actually said if you don’t lift your appeal, you will cause irreparable harm to the federal government because...
  • After DHS Secretary Hyped Mall Threat, White House Repeatedly Downplays It

    02/24/2015 4:22:33 AM PST · by Perdogg · 11 replies
    Seven times on Monday, the Obama White House assured Americans that there is no "specific, credible plot against the Mall of America or any other domestic commercial shopping center here in the United States." In response to multiple questions, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was just reminding Americans to "remain vigilant," when Johnson told the Sunday news shows that an al Qaeda-linked terror group, Al-Shabaab, is publicly calling for attacks on shopping malls in the United States, specifically the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
  • DHS hides crucial fact on 'terrorist influx' Mall attackers recruited from 1 state in particular

    02/23/2015 10:11:59 PM PST · by Perseverando · 7 replies
    WND ^ | February 23, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Al-Shabab terrorist on propaganda video seeking to inspire lone-wolf attacks on malls, including the Mall of America in Minnesota. Homeland Security Chief Jeh Johnson warned that a Somalia-based terrorist group is encouraging “independent actors” to carry out attacks in Western countries, with the Mall of America in Minnesota among the specific targets, but he failed to mention that the U.S. continues to import hundreds of high-risk Islamic refugees from Somalia every month. The U.S. State Department’s refugee-resettlement program has placed more than 100,000 Somalis into U.S cities and towns since the early 1990s – all of them Muslims hand-selected...
  • Amnesty contract canceled as White House struggles to comply with ruling

    02/23/2015 6:16:52 PM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/23/2015 | Stephen Dinan
    Republicans seek honorable retreat from homeland security funding fight amid shutdown fearsThe Homeland Security Department quietly canceled one of its major amnesty contracts after a judge’s ruling against the program last week, but officials have struggled to explain how they are complying otherwise even as the administration filed an appeal Monday asking that it be allowed to begin processing applications immediately.
  • GOP leader offers immigration vote to try to resolve impasse

    02/23/2015 6:00:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 23, 2015 8:09 PM EST | Erica Werner
    Days from a Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Republicans sought a way out Monday by splitting President Barack Obama’s contested immigration measures from the agency’s funding bill. It was not clear whether the gambit by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would succeed ahead of Friday’s midnight deadline to fund the department or see it shut down. It was far from certain whether it would win any Democratic support, and House conservatives remain firmly opposed to any funding bill for the Homeland Security Department that does not also overturn Obama’s executive actions on immigration. But with Senate Democrats united against a...
  • MSNBC Contributor Attacks GOP 'Patriotism': 'Undermining Security of Nation'

    02/23/2015 3:12:30 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 19 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    In a classic example of phony political jujitsu, an MSNBC contributor has tried to turn the patriotism issue back against Republicans. Appearing on today's Ed Show, Steve Clemons attacked the "patriotism" of GOP congressional leaders, accusing them of "undermining the security of the nation." This because Republicans have attached amendments to the DHS funding bill denying funds for President Obama's executive amnesty. Of course neither Clemons nor Schultz revealed that in a potential DHS "shutdown," all essential personnel, including those at TSA, Customs and Border, Secret Service, FEMA and Coast Guard, would continue to work. Only non-essential personnel, mainly office...