The Conservatives are gonna make Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell eat his ‘no shutdown’ words…..
Congress will have just 4 days to vote in a spending bill for the huge Department of Homeland Security….They haven’t beeen able to ok any of the last 3 tries….The President is on record as saying he will veto any bill that tries to cut into his efforts at Immigration reform…
The essential workers in the departement with 240,000 or so workers are gonna come to work , even if they won’t get paid and Congress will….
The last time Republicans did this?
They got blamed….
But Conservatives THAT time thought they where right in doing so on principle…..
Tell that to the Government workers who have to pay their bills on time…
“It’s worth having this fight,” said Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.).
Gone are assurances from Republican lawmakers that there won’t be a shutdown later this month.
Most DHS employees are considered “essential,” meaning that workers like border patrol agents and Transportation Security Administration employees would remain on the job, albeit without pay. So in the eyes of some lawmakers, a DHS shutdown wouldn’t have as much impact as the government-wide shutdown in 2013.
“The shutdown would be extremely limited. It would be only in one department, with only a small percentage of people in that one department. But again, nobody has a goal here of shutting anything down. The goal here is to get the president to get right with the Constitution that he swore an oath to uphold,” said Rep. John Fleming (R-La.).
Of course, many Republicans in the House and Senate think allowing DHS to shut down would be a bad idea.
“I think a shutdown would be a huge mistake for a whole host of reasons, especially given the fact we have ISIS on the march and terrorism again in Europe,” said Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.), who voted against language last month to freeze a program allowing illegal immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to obtain work permits.
“This strategy was never designed to succeed. Everybody knows that. So now we have to face the reality and do what the American public sent us here to do, which is to govern and fund the Homeland Security department,” Dent told The Hill.
Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who is up for reelection in 2016, also thinks a shutdown would undercut Republicans pledges to govern Washington more efficiently….
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