John Boehner To Allow House Vote On Clean DHS Funding Bill

| by Dominic Kelly

A vote is expected to reach the House as early as Tuesday to decide on a clean Department of Homeland Security bill.

According to reports, John Boehner said in a meeting on Tuesday that the House will vote on a clean DHS funding bill free of ties to President Obama’s immigration plan. Last Friday, House Republicans rejected a clean DHS bill that had already been passed in the Senate and narrowly avoided a shutdown.

The Huffington Post reports that a source in the meeting claims that Boehner told fellow Republicans the decision to allow a clean bill vote onto the House floor was ultimately the “right one for this country.”

“I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president. ... I believe this decision -- considering where we are -- is the right one for this team, and the right one for this country," Boehner allegedly said during a meeting with GOP members. "The good news is that the president’s executive action has been stopped, for now. This matter will continue to be litigated in the courts, where we have our best chance of winning this fight.”

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi also spoke out, urging Boehner to allow the vote for a clean bill and maintaining that Democrats would support it.

“The Senate has voted in a bipartisan way and House Democrats have made it clear we support full, long-term funding," Pelosi said. "We shouldn't wait another day to remove all doubt to our enemies, to American families and to the affected workers that we will fully fund the Department of Homeland Security.”

Sources: The Huffington Post, CNN / Photo Sources: Wikimedia Commons, Flickr