Why the DHS Funding Bill Is Going Nowhere (For Now)

Senate Democrats and Republicans at odds over immigration provisions in bill

For the third time this week, Senate Democrats blocked Republican efforts to move forward with a House-approved bill which would provide $40 billion in funding for DHS through September while simultaneously undoing President Obama’s recent immigration executive actions.

The Senate voted 52-47 on a procedural vote on the bill, falling eight votes short of the 60 needed to move forward. Senate Democrats object to the measure because they want their Republican colleagues to pass a clean funding bill without any immigration provisions attached.

“The House did its work. We won this fight,” Boehner said. “Now it's time for Senate Republicans and Senate Democrats to come together and to hold the president accountable.”

Boehner said he has not coordinated an endgame with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the event that a stalemate persists until the deadline.

“Listen, he's got a tough job. He's got a tough job over there, I've got a tough job over here. God bless him and good luck,” Boehner said.