Monday, January 5, 2015

Last Call For Dusting Off The Shutdown Clock

Guess what the new GOP Congress plans to do later this month, America?

On immigration, House Republican officials say they expect to approve a Department of Homeland Security spending measure before the end of January that would deny money to carry out Mr. Obama’s action to ease the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants. 
Because the House has been in Republican hands since 2011, the real test comes in the Senate, where the new majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, is armed with a 54-46 majority. He will still have to find a way to make legislation passed by the House attractive to enough Democrats to assemble the 60 votes needed to overcome procedural obstacles and send them to the president’s desk. 
“The Senate will be ground zero,” said one House Republican leadership aide, who was not authorized to talk publicly about party strategy.

So yes, the Republicans are planning to shut down the Department of Homeland Security in order to deport millions.  They believe this will be a winning strategy.  And among Republicans, it will be. For everyone else, well if the GOP wanted to signal to the country that they have no desire to govern, but only to destroy, there you go.

Hey, you voted for them, America.

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