Prominent Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) said on Feb. 19 that both houses of Congress should not let President Obama’s executive action on immigration stop them from funding the Department of Homeland Security.
In an interview on MSNBC’s morning news program “Morning Joe," the hosts asked the veteran senator what he would tell his Republican colleagues in the House of Representatives and the Senate about the deadline to fund the DHS on Feb. 27.
While McCain didn’t specifically state that Republicans should give up on trying to block the executive action, he believed that it would be the best step going forward to secure funding for the Department, which is currently being utilized to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) overseas.
McCain said: “It’s not a good idea to shut down the Department of Homeland Security. We should be working together despite the obstruction of our Democratic colleagues to resolve this issue so that we don’t shut it down. Now we have the perfect reason to not shut it down because the courts have decided, at least initially, in our favor.”
The court decision that McCain is referring to was in Texas, where a judge temporarily stopped the president’s executive action that he outlined last fall in a primetime television address to the nation.
While Republicans in the House have already passed a bill funding the Department, Democrats in the Senate have filibustered the measure due to the House bill insisting on blocking the president’s immigration proposal. Rather, Democrats have urged Republicans to come forward with a "clean" funding bill.
McCain also received support from another well-known Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida). Rubio was recently asked about his position on the issue, to which he said: “Look, I’m in favor of any measure that has a chance of succeeding that could stop the new order, but the truth of the matter is the President’s not going to sign that and we don’t have the votes to pass it in the Senate. We can’t let Homeland Security shut down.”
While Congress was on break this week, they will return on Feb. 23 with only four days to fund the DHS or risk another government shutdown.
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