Congress has until Friday to pass a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security or risk shutting down. Democrats aren't happy with a provision in the measure that would block President Obama’s executive action on immigration. And now, senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is trying to address that issue.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell took a shot at trying to break the stalemate. Democrats blocked consideration of a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security for the fourth time Monday.
The bill is tied to provisions that would repeal President Obama's executive actions, which temporarily shield millions of undocumented immigrations from deportation. But Democrats oppose the repeal.
McConnell now plans to separate the issues...and introduce a standalone bill this week - that would block the President's orders on immigration:
It's another way to get the senate unstuck from a democratic filibuster and move the debate forward.
Some senate Democrats have already expressed support for debating the two issues individually:
"People have really strong opinions on both topics and they should be debated fairly, openly and separately,"
But many Republicans remain opposed to doing so...and point to a ruling by a Texas judge last week blocking the White House plans.
Now that a federal judge has agreed that the President exceeded his own authority, it's time for Democrats to stop defending the President and the White House.
Without an agreement, 30,000 workers would be furloughed.. Many more would be expected to come to work without pay.
These are folks who, if they don't have a paycheck are not going to be able to spend that money in your states.
Funding for the department would be cut off at midnight Friday, if Congress fails to act.
It's unclear whether *the* vote on McConnell's bill would be followed by a stand-alone vote to fund the DHS. A short-term extension of funding IS still possible, if lawmakers can agree on -that- solution.