House Funds DHS Without Anti-Obama Provisions

House Speaker John Boehner is again taking enormous heat from the most conservative members of his own Republican caucus and from the usual gang of far-right ideologues, pundits and talk show hosts for bringing a clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security to the floor on Tuesday, where it passed easily.

The House voted Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security, ending a months-long impasse over President Obama’s immigration policies and averting a weekend shutdown at the agency.

Tuesday’s roll call allows Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to finally turn the page on an ugly chapter in his leadership that consumed the opening months of the new Republican-controlled Congress.

But it also highlighted once again the tenuous power Boehner enjoys over his conference.

The spending bill cleared the House on a 257-167 vote only because of the unanimous support of House Democrats.

All 167 “no” votes came from Republicans — more than twice as many as the 75 who supported the bill. Out of 21 House GOP committee chairmen, 12 broke with leadership and voted against the clean funding bill. Nine voted “yes.”

The $40 billion bill keeps the DHS funded through the fiscal year, ending Sept. 30, but is stripped of GOP-favored provisions aimed at halting Obama’s controversial executive actions on immigration. The so-called clean funding bill had passed the Senate earlier; it now goes to Obama, who has already vowed to sign it.

There wasn’t any choice here. The Senate Republicans simply did not have the votes to pass a bill with the provisions in it to attempt to defund the president’s immigration orders, which is why they had already passed a clean bill and sent it to the House. But the Tea Party types in the House are absolutely allergic to reality and they view any and all compromise as treason and betrayal.

This is the problem with hardcore ideologues, they have no sense at all of the practical requirements of governing. If they don’t get absolutely everything they want, they throw a temper tantrum. In this case, that tantrum would have shut down the agency tasked with protecting the country against terrorism. Boehner knew that they would take the blame for that from voters and that it would be political suicide to do, but the hard right simply does not acknowledge that reality ever matters.

This really goes back to the psychology that makes someone a conservative. Studies show that they value “toughness” and strict adherence to ideology far more than they do compromise or thoughtfulness.

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  • brucegee1962

    I liked how this did this at the same time they knew all the news outlets would be talking about Bibi’s speech. When you’re going to humiliate yourself, best to do it when no-one’s looking, eh?

  • http://www.gregory-gadow.net Gregory in Seattle

    I’ve shared the news on Facebook, and I hope everyone else here will do something similar to get the word out. 167 Republicans — more than half of the Republicans in the House — would rather see America fall to terrorists than see the President working for the American people.

    Yeah, I have a lot of problems with DHS and Obama, but even I can look at the bigger picture. That so many of our federal lawmakers are too willfully obstinate to even make the attempt is dangerous.

  • marcus

    Ed:” Boehner knew that they would take the blame for that from voters…

    But…, but… he said it would be Obama’s fault! Several times!

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    THIS MAKES ME SICK!!! WHY CANT BOEHNER SEE THAT OBAMA IS WEAKENING AMERICA AND MAKING US UNSAFE BY TAKING NONCRIMINAL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO JUMP THROUGH A BUNCH OF GOVERNMENT HOOPS INCLUDING ONES THAT LET THE GOVERNMENT KNOW WHO THEY ARE AND WERE THEY LIVE AND ALSO PAYING FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF PUTTING THEMSELVES ON THE LISTS AND PUTTING THEM AT THE BACK OF THE LINE FOR BEING RETURNED TO THEIR HOME COUNTRY EVEN IF THEY WERE BORN HERE LEAVING MORE FUNDS AVAILABLE TO LAW ENFORCEMENT TO CONCENTRATE ON THE ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE ACTUALLY CRIMINAL AND DANGEROUS!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!

  • John Pieret

    Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), always a voice of reason among the Teabaggers, put it this way:

    He said that the GOP leadership betrayed the will of “conservative grassroots activists” and “average, ordinary Republicans.”

    “We were double-crossed in the election,” he said. “This could be the day we look back and say, that was the time the Constitution was finally surrendered to the left. And where are our Republican friends? Voting with Nancy Pelosi, many of them.”

    http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/gop-rep-john-boehner-surrendered-constitution-left#

    Sometimes I almost feel sorry for Boehner.

  • Taz

    Studies show that they value “toughness” and strict adherence to ideology far more than they do compromise or thoughtfulness.

    They’re just being true patriots. It’s not like our founding fathers ever made any great compromises.

  • karmacat

    Just in time for the snow storm. The federal government is closed today.

  • U Frood

    It really surprised me that a party that insists on being tough on terrorism would be playing chicken with DHS’s funding.

  • felidae

    OK, folks, repeat after me: its Bow-ner, not Bay-ner This man wil go down in history as one of the most incompetent Speakers ever

  • U Frood

    Sometimes I almost feel sorry for Boehner.

    Why? He’s had plenty of chances to step down as speaker if he didn’t want to put up with the nutbars in his party any more.