House Fails To Pass Funding For Homeland Security; Funds Run Out At Midnight
[su_right_ad]The Senate passed it, but the House did not, with a 203-224 vote.
The House GOP plan was to pass a three-week stopgap bill to delay the immigration fight with President Barack Obama until March 19.
But even that failed to pass, losing conservatives who considered it too much of a surrender as well as Democrats who demanded a yearlong DHS funding bill.
The vote was 203-224. Fifty-two Republicans voted against it, while 12 Democrats voted for it.
The vote was held open for long after time technically expired, in the hope that members would switch their votes and pull together the number needed for passage. Numerous lawmakers yelled for “regular order” on the House floor, calling for the vote to end.
After it was called, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) advised members that further votes may happen on Friday or the weekend.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest earlier Friday excoriated Republicans for refusing to take up a full-year DHS appropriations bill that reflects existing priorities.
“It exposes the danger of playing politics with our homeland security,” Earnest told reporters, while saying Obama would have signed a short-term bill if the alternative was a shutdown. “It represents an abject failure on the part of the new Republican Congress not to get this done.”