Just two days before the Department of Homeland Security is set to run out of money, Democrats have agreed to the GOP's plan to create a new bill to fund the agency, the Huffington Post reported. One last vote in the senate could ensure that the DHS is funded for the next year.
Only Senators Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) and Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) voted against moving forward with an new funding bill. The new bill does not have any measures to block President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, which was a major source of contention prior to today’s decision.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) suggested that the Senate resolve the gridlock by separating the issue of DHS funding from the GOP’s push to end Obama’s executive action on immigration, which would protect some 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation.
Democrats have said they’re open to discussing immigration, but they were unwilling to accept the terms attached to the old DHS funding bill. While there are no guarantees the bill will pass, a shutdown will happen if it doesn’t.
If the Senate passes the new bill, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) could be put in an awkward position. If he allows the vote, he could be seen as caving on his principals. If he blocks it, he could be blamed for the looming DHS shutdown.
“I'm waiting for the Senate to act," Boehner told reporters. ”The House has done its job to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and to stop the president's overreach on immigration. We're waiting for the Senate to do their job.”
The vote is scheduled for tomorrow.