And the DHS defunding shutdown game ends with a whimper as John Boehner and the GOP House cave to President Obama. Again.
In a major victory for President Barack Obama, the Republican-led House relented on Tuesday and will back legislation to fund the Homeland Security Department through the end of the budget year, without restrictions on immigration.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, outlined the dwindling options for his deeply divided GOP caucus on Tuesday morning after the Senate left the House with little choice. Boehner pointed out that the issue is now in the hands of the courts.
"I am as outraged and frustrated as you at the lawless and unconstitutional actions of this president," Boehner told his caucus, according to aides. "I believe this decision — considering where we are — is the right one for this team, and the right one for this country."
A vote was expected later Tuesday to send the bill to Obama for his signature. Short-term funding for the department expires on Friday at midnight.
Conservatives had demanded that the funding bill roll back Obama's immigration directives from last fall that spared millions of immigrants from deportation. Democrats had insisted on legislation to fund the department, which shares responsibility for anti-terrorism operations, without any conditions.
The GOP leadership's decision to bow to Democratic demands angered several conservatives.
"This is the signal of capitulation," said Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. "The mood of this thing is such that to bring it back from the abyss is very difficult."
But more pragmatic Republicans welcomed Boehner's move.
"Sanity is prevailing. I do give John Boehner credit," said Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y.
You did good, Fredo.
And so, the story ends for now. We'll see what the GOP will do next to try and fail to destroy America.