U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blamed President Barack Obama for the ongoing dilemma of how to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on March 1, just two days after the U.S. House of Representatives barely passed a bill funding the Department for one week.
“We do have some members who disagree from time to time over the tactics we decide to employ,” said the Speaker. “But remember, Republicans are united in this idea that the president has far exceeded his constitutional authority, and we all want to do things to stop the president from his illicit activity.”
Boehner is referring to the president’s executive action on illegal immigration, in which the president has authorized up to five million illegal immigrants to stay in the United States, but has been embroiled in controversy since the president announced his plan in a primetime address in November. The action will not be voted on by Congress, putting even more strain on the relations between the GOP-controlled House and Senate and the White House. Last month, a Texas judge halted the executive action to take place, based on its unconstitutionality.
Concerning the DHS funding, House Republicans want the removal of the executive action included in the funding bill, while Senate Democrats vow to filibuster any attempt of passing that legislation, instead stating they will vote on a “clean” bill that just funds the DHS. Neither side negotiated with one another until literally the last minute. On Feb. 28, the last day the DHS was funded, the House voted down the initial “clean” bill to fund the Department for three weeks. After a few hours, they voted again and approved a “clean” one week funding bill, set to expire on March 6.