Once again we’re seeing the deep divide between the Republican leadership and the hard-right Tea Party types in Congress. The leadership is trying to build a consensus for the 2015 budget that would avoid a nasty fight over a government shutdown while also appeasing their right flank on immigration.
House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month.
The likely proposal would fund nearly the entire government through September 2015, but immigration enforcement related funding would be renewed on a short-term basis, according to several high-ranking GOP lawmakers and aides who described the plan as it stands now.
The strategy is designed to keep the government open, while satisfying the base, which is livid with President Back Obama for issuing an executive order that ends deportations for millions of undocumented immigrants.
Republican leaders have struggled to come up with a plan that would satisfy both goals — of keeping the government open, while allowing members to express their anger at Obama. GOP sources believe that keeping immigration funding on a short leash could be the answer.
The short-term portion would most likely expire sometime in the first quarter of 2015, sources said. The delay would give Republican leaders more options to counter Obama’s executive order without inducing a government shutdown.
So this is just a game and Ted Cruz, Louis Gohmert, James Lankford and the other wingnuts in Congress are going to know that. And then they’re going to raise holy hell against their own party leadership, as they’ve done several times in the past, because they view any compromise at all as treason and betrayal. All they care about is purity and being wingnuttier-than-thou.