Mark the date: Speaker Boehner gets it right on DHS funding

posted at 5:01 pm on February 15, 2015 by Jazz Shaw

We all knew that a fight was coming when the question of funding the Department of Homeland Security came up. The President wants to use that agency for his executive amnesty orders and the majority of the elected legislative representatives of the people did not want such actions to be funded. And not to toot my own horn here, but I made a prediction back on February 4th that the House leadership was going to need to point out some obvious, if painful facts if they hoped to combat the media spin on this. The President’s allies would claim that the GOP was “shutting down DHS” even though the facts were clearly the opposite, and they would hold forth the sad prospect of TSA, border patrol and Coast Guard personnel going without paychecks as the reason. The proper response, I reasoned, was to say the following:

Wages for border patrol and customs agents? Paid for.

Wages for immigration officers and Coast Guard employees? Got it covered.

TSA screeners? There may be a lot of gritting of teeth over that one, but it’s paid for as well.

It’s all there, President Obama, with the money ready to flow and the paychecks waiting to be covered. All it requires is your party to put it through to your desk and for you to sign it.

I’ll confess that I don’t always have the utmost faith in the party leadership when it comes time to hit the sideline pass on fourth down, but it did my old heart good to see John Boehner come out today and answer the question correctly.

Speaker John Boehner says the House has done its job in passing a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and it’s Senate Democrats’ fault if the department runs out of money at the end of the month. And, he makes clear, he’s prepared to let that happen.

If funding runs out, the Ohio Republican said, “Well, then, Senate Democrats should be to blame. Very simple.”

“The House has acted. We’ve done our job. Senate Democrats are the ones putting us in this precarious position, and it’s up to Senate Democrats to get their act together,” Boehner told Chris Wallace in an interview aired on “Fox News Sunday.”

The kicker comes at the end of the interview.

“The Senate Democrats are blocking the ability to even debate the bill,” he said. “It’s their turn, that’s the way the system works. That’s the way the Constitution spells it out.”

This is what we need for the next two years and far more of it. The Democrats wanted to play this game the entire time they controlled the Senate, pinning the blame anywhere they could except on themselves. Now the shoe is on the other foot and the GOP can not allow them to simply change the rules yet again. The media will play along (and I’ve been seeing it all weekend on cable news) in an effort to pretend that the last six years never happened, but this set of lies is too obvious for even the most obtuse, low information voter to ignore.

The DHS funding is in place. All bills which spend such funds must originate in the House as per the Constitution. The House has acted and all of these line items under discussion are paid for except for the brand new bits which cover actions which the President repeatedly said were beyond his own authority to enact. The rest is paid for. If the Democrats don’t want to authorize paying all of the bills for DHS, go explain that to the folks who will stop getting paid.

The GOP did their job. The ball is in your court, Democrats. Game on.


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Boner will cave. We knew it when this deal was done in December. No hill is ever the hill to fight on. Ever.

ConstantineXI on February 15, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Speaker John Boehner says the House has done its job in passing a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and it’s Senate Democrats’ fault if the department runs out of money at the end of the month. And, he makes clear, he’s prepared to let that happen.

We’ll see. If history is any measure, Boehner not only will fold but will also be crying like a three year old.

bw222 on February 15, 2015 at 5:06 PM

The minute this heats up, Johnny will fold like a house of cards.

Exninja on February 15, 2015 at 5:07 PM

Boehner may not need to actually ‘cave’.

Let the dems defeat it for him, or let 0bama veto it if it does get through the senate, he can say to the TEA GRABBERS “Well, I tried.” and go on and do a ‘clean bill’ just like his Elitist CoC Masters want.

LegendHasIt on February 15, 2015 at 5:09 PM

Boner will cave.

Boehner not only will fold

Johnny will fold

What if he doesn’t?

Alien on February 15, 2015 at 5:10 PM

The Department of Homeland Security like the Dept of Energy and the Dept of Education are idiotic often counterproductive redundancies that should have never been. Defund it. Then eliminate it.

anotherJoe on February 15, 2015 at 5:11 PM

He’s gotta send GOPers out to swarm the media. And they need to use social media. They need a hashtag — #telldemstovote or #telldemssecuritymatters. They need talking points, simple, easy, talking points, that no one strays from. They always go out and try to explain the nuances of their strategery instead of doing what the ‘rats do. Pick a simple phrase, and pound it 24/7. That’s the only thing that works with an electorate that has been getting its news from Jon Stewart for this many years.

Rational Thought on February 15, 2015 at 5:14 PM

McTurtle will fold first with a day or two to go, followed by Boehner the night of.

TylerMichaels on February 15, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Who loaned Boehner a pair? LOL

Mini-14 on February 15, 2015 at 5:15 PM

Our borders are running rampant with illegals crossing by the millions. What is the Dept of Homeland Securtiy doing on that front? Nothing, but actually promoting the invasion. The DHS has been commandeered by leftists. What good is it? Get rid of it.

anotherJoe on February 15, 2015 at 5:17 PM

Why won’t Democrats fund DHS?

Realdemocrat1 on February 15, 2015 at 5:21 PM

Speaker Boehner gets it right on DHS funding

…hasn’t come to ‘fruition’ YET!

JugEarsButtHurt on February 15, 2015 at 5:24 PM

The rest is paid for. If the Democrats don’t want to authorize paying all of the bills for DHS, go explain that to the folks who will stop getting paid.

The GOP did their job. The ball is in your court, Democrats. Game on.

Gomes over. The MSM will tell and the LIV will hear only one message. The Ministry of Truth holds the cards .

Walter L. Newton on February 15, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Boehner will cave. We knew it when this deal was done in December. No hill is ever the hill to fight on. Ever.

ConstantineXI on February 15, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Unfortunately I have to agree. We’ve seen this play too many times before.

JLyons on February 15, 2015 at 5:35 PM

All bills which spend such funds must originate in the House as per the Constitution.

Your naivete is sooo precious, Jazz.

GWB on February 15, 2015 at 5:38 PM

If Jazz Shaw is tooting some horn, we’ve lost (or will lose at some point in the future). This is squarely on Mitch McConnell’s shoulders.

SouthernGent on February 15, 2015 at 5:39 PM

Why is it that all the opposing party has to do is threaten a filibuster?
Make the Dems go through with the filibuster…that should get the media’s attention.

Saints on February 15, 2015 at 5:44 PM

Yeah, gotta go with the consensus here.

Boehner will cave, one way or another.

And it won’t matter to anyone in the media what the facts are. Facts have always been on our side.

The only thing is the narrative and what the American people believe.

catmman on February 15, 2015 at 5:45 PM

Why is it that all the opposing party has to do is threaten a filibuster?
Make the Dems go through with the filibuster…that should get the media’s attention.

Saints on February 15, 2015 at 5:44 PM

Exactly!

KCB on February 15, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Broken clock … blind mouse …

Lance Corvette on February 15, 2015 at 5:50 PM

What if he doesn’t?

Alien on February 15, 2015 at 5:10 PM

There is a first time for everything…but that isn’t the way to bet.

ajacksonian on February 15, 2015 at 6:02 PM

I don’t think Boehner caves this time. In Poker, the cards he’s holding are called “the nuts.”

The House has done its job and Boehner is holding a straight flush. It’s the Senate Dumbocrats that need to toss their hand. Boehner knows this, y’all.

This time, he’s all in.

GulfCoastBamaFan on February 15, 2015 at 6:06 PM

Your naivete is sooo precious, Jazz.

GWB on February 15, 2015 at 5:38 PM

You have a point. All bills that raise revenue must originate in the House. The Senate can originate spending bills. See Diane Feinstein’s (or was it Boxer?) and the recently passed and signed Water Resources Reform and Development Act.

That bill originated in the upper chamber.

GulfCoastBamaFan on February 15, 2015 at 6:14 PM

but this set of lies is too obvious for even the most obtuse, low information voter to ignore.

If only that were true.

scalleywag on February 15, 2015 at 6:14 PM

Never in a million years will I accept, at face value, that Boehner, in good faith, is working to stop amnesty.

If he actually IS intending to not “cave” here, this can mean one thing, and one thing only-

The fix is in!

Redstone on February 15, 2015 at 6:24 PM

I don’t think Boehner caves this time. In Poker, the cards he’s holding are called “the nuts.”

The House has done its job and Boehner is holding a straight flush. It’s the Senate Dumbocrats that need to toss their hand. Boehner knows this, y’all.

This time, he’s all in.

GulfCoastBamaFan on February 15, 2015 at 6:06 PM

LOL. I want what you have been smoking.

bgibbs1000 on February 15, 2015 at 6:41 PM

Problem is, as always, his answer doesn’t go far enough; per your explanation.

All pundits, Fox News included, portray this as an unforced error.

Republicans need better ‘explainers’; more polished defenders of their decisions.

BossmanMike on February 15, 2015 at 6:51 PM

All for show. If senate passed it Boehner would poop his pants.

Jpalm32 on February 15, 2015 at 6:59 PM

This is not over. Let’s wait until the smoke clears to say that Boehner did the right thing.

My bet? When this bill is signed, the amnesty still goes through, and Boehner bemoans the fact that his hands were tied.

Odds? I’d say about 8:1. Any takers?

Wino on February 15, 2015 at 7:30 PM

Hey I get it about defunding DHS specifically for the purposes of stopping “amnesty”. I also get that Boehner and the GOPe really DO want amnesty. And I also understand the political (see MEDIA CREATED) ramifications of NOT funding DHS in parts or in total.

So why don’t they pick something else? If Odooshbag and the Senate Dems won’t play nice, try defunding something else? EPA, FDA, Educ…,find another target. You don’t have to eliminate funding completely, pick on some Left-tard pet projects.
If Odooshbag wants to be King, find another way to defrock the bash-tard…

Pelosi Schmelosi on February 15, 2015 at 7:31 PM

Now all it will take if for McConnell to grow a set and tell the Senate Democrats ‘The bill is here, pass it, or suffer the consequences.’

GarandFan on February 15, 2015 at 7:34 PM

He’s not going to cave. He wants amnesty. Remember the mocking “OooOOo…it’s sooo hard!” aimed at border security advocates? This is Kabuki so he can claim “We fought him..he got the better of us. We’ll get ’em next time.” Remember McConnell..”Punch the Tea Party in the nose”..and “We’ll crush the Tea Party”?
Thanks a lot, rinos, for reelecting these douchebags.

I could be wrong, but there is nothing to base that on.

Mimzey on February 15, 2015 at 7:42 PM

Who is this John LeBoutillier yahoo on Fox News? One term-, 2 year-serving Rino gets it wrong, weekly. It’s like having 3 Libs yelling at me every Sunday afternoon.

He completely misstated the DHS situation.

BossmanMike on February 15, 2015 at 7:54 PM

All pundits, Fox News included, portray this as an unforced error.

Republicans need better ‘explainers’; more polished defenders of their decisions.

BossmanMike on February 15, 2015 at 6:51 PM

Fox News being conservative is the figment of a lot of peoples’ imaginations.

bw222 on February 15, 2015 at 8:01 PM

I will be cautiously optimistic and give him credit for this, but don’t really trust him since he has made it clear he wants amnesty.

Still no reason to get excited until McConnell says the same thing.

ChrisL on February 15, 2015 at 8:01 PM

Boehner will cave? No he won’t, not this time. He has clearly stated that he is ready to shut it down if the Dems don’t pass the bill, or if Ef-Head vetoes the bill.

HiJack on February 15, 2015 at 8:06 PM

Game on.

We’ll see how long it lasts.
Not that I expect Republicans to stand their ground, but next week will be important. The last remaining hope is massive, massive, massive pressure from the grassroots.
There is no choice but to continue to remind the GOPe of their November campaign promises.

Call your Reps. Constantly.

lynncgb on February 15, 2015 at 8:09 PM

Now all it will take if for McConnell to grow a set and tell the Senate Democrats ‘The bill is here, pass it, or suffer the consequences.’

GarandFan on February 15, 2015 at 7:34 PM

If McConnell wasn’t contemplating and planning on surrendering he’s got several options.

One option is to do the exact same thing Dingy Harry did when he had to pass the ACA and didn’t have 60 votes (because of Scott Brown). Via reconciliation. And unlike the ACA and the use of reconciliation to pass it, this time it’s a legitimate use of reconciliation because it’s a funding bill.

The second option is to adopt another precedent set by Dingy Harry – and reset the Senate rules to where they were set by Dingy Harry and naively reversed by the feckless McConnell – to eliminate the filibuster which is being used to block legislation from getting ‘the up and down vote it deserves’.

Nothing fancier than these have to be done…and once done, the legislation passes and heads to Obama’s desk where he will likely veto it because it doesn’t fund his unconstitutional executive amnesty and unilateral re-write of immigration law.

But since both Boehner and McConnell, and the GOPe, want the amnesty – and want to damage the Tea Party / Conservative base of the GOP, they are effectively joining with Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Barack Obama, and the bulk of the MSM to force either a capitulation or a government shutdown that will be (wrongfully) blamed on the Conservative GOP base.

The levels that these Quislings are willing to go in this kabuki theater are just stunning in how craven they are….and it will get worse as Boehner and McConnell start to work to blame the GOP base for their own perfidy.

Athos on February 15, 2015 at 8:34 PM

“Again with the negative waves man.”
Spend your energy contacting your Senator. Mine is Roy Blunt, a Rhino but I’m writing to him anyway. I will tell him that he’s been invisible on this and it’s time to step up and back the House.

Vince on February 15, 2015 at 8:34 PM

LSM already carrying water for the Ds:

Reuters: Boehner ready to let funding lapse for Homeland Security agency

blammm on February 15, 2015 at 8:40 PM

Boehner will cave? No he won’t, not this time. He has clearly stated that he is ready to shut it down if the Dems don’t pass the bill, or if Ef-Head vetoes the bill.

HiJack on February 15, 2015 at 8:06 PM

Where did you hear that?

ChrisL on February 15, 2015 at 8:43 PM

Meh – ever heard of ‘kabuki theater’?

He says this, because he knows he *can* say it, and that it won’t matter, because McConnell has his back.

Then he can go before the cameras, cry a few crocodile tears, and say “we tried, we really did…”

Midas on February 15, 2015 at 8:53 PM

Athos on February 15, 2015 at 8:34 PM

LOL, i swear i didn’t read your post before i wrote mine. ;)

Midas on February 15, 2015 at 8:54 PM

I really want to believe that the GOP leadership is not worthless or traitorous. However, I expect that what will happen is the media will call Boehner a racist and he will cry.

Thresher on February 15, 2015 at 9:01 PM

Boehner will not cave, because this is not the same as the ACA. I always knew Cruz had a weak hand in that situation, because the Congress had passed the ACA and generally speaking, new laws are always funded, at least for several years to see if they work or not. In this case, Obama has an EO that needs to be funded. Big difference. Hopefully, Boehner will hold fast.

cimbri on February 15, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Boehner will not cave, because this is not the same as the ACA.

cimbri on February 15, 2015 at 9:45 PM

Agreed. Unlike ACA, Boehner wants amnesty.

I wouldn’t get hopes up.

ChrisL on February 15, 2015 at 9:59 PM

Boehner won’t have to cave .
It will be done . Don’t be fooled .

Lucano on February 15, 2015 at 10:33 PM

Boehner will cave.
Remember, he’s for amnesty & anything else the Chamber of Commerce wants.
So he’ll cave because he wants amnesty fully funded, but has to pretend he tried.
Enter tears.
Same with McConnell & all the other rinos.
The floodgates at the border won’t stop. They need those voters.

Belle on February 15, 2015 at 10:35 PM

Good Lord people …..Boehner won’t shut down anything .

Lucano on February 15, 2015 at 10:36 PM

Why won’t Democrats fund DHS?

Realdemocrat1 on February 15, 2015 at 5:21 PM

+1… and if they want to filibuster, make them do a REAL filibuster!

Khun Joe on February 15, 2015 at 11:32 PM

I’ve been against the GOP shutdown tactics that couldn’t be simply explained to the uninformed voter. This one finally hits the mark. Please don’t cave GOP.

Norbitz on February 15, 2015 at 11:47 PM

This is a good sign. But I am curious why all of the sudden, John Boehner seems to have changed his heart on amnesty.

sohumm on February 15, 2015 at 11:49 PM

Republicans haven’t figured out this is “The End of the Road” if Boehner Caves.

1) It would be the end of the road for Boehner.

2) It would ultimately be the end of the road for the Republicans because they can NEVER count on Latinos voting for them in large numbers.

ALL the Media INCLUDING FOX have been Trashing Boehner on this, because Murdoch wants Cr-AMNESTY. These people want what they want even if it destroys America getting it.

Nat George on February 16, 2015 at 12:14 AM

Republicans haven’t figured out this is “The End of the Road” if Boehner Caves…..

2) It would ultimately be the end of the road for the Republicans because they can NEVER count on Latinos voting for them in large numbers.

In addition, they will never be able to count on anyone who is more conservative than Trotsky voting for them ever again either. Why bother when they are literally no different from the Democrats in goals and effects?

Subotai Bahadur on February 16, 2015 at 12:32 AM

This is a good sign. But I am curious why all of the sudden, John Boehner seems to have changed his heart on amnesty.

sohumm on February 15, 2015 at 11:49 PM

He’s counting on McConnell, McCain, Graham, Flake and the rest of his Chamber of Crony Capitalist allies in the Senate to join the Dems in strangling this. Then he can throw up his hands and say “Hey, we tried!” while Obama and they get everything they want on immigration.

Gator Country on February 16, 2015 at 12:59 AM

He’s counting on McConnell, McCain, Graham, Flake and the rest of his Chamber of Crony Capitalist allies in the Senate to join the Dems in strangling this. ..
Gator Country on February 16, 2015 at 12:59 AM

McCain has already signaled he is with the Dems on it:

LegendHasIt on February 16, 2015 at 1:31 AM

Boehner won’t cave, but his “supporters” may, and if they do, he has no choice…

So it’s it McCain, Graham, and the rest of the mushy gang to own up and take some leadership.

This is where potential leaders of the Republican Party, the candidates need to speak up and show leadership.

right2bright on February 16, 2015 at 8:50 AM

They WILL cave.

Sherman1864 on February 16, 2015 at 9:14 AM

McCain has already signaled he is with the Dems on it:

LegendHasIt on February 16, 2015 at 1:31 AM

Well I am shocked! Shocked I say!

/harrumph harumph!

Irritable Pundit on February 16, 2015 at 9:56 AM

didn’t wade through the Sunday shows much and just got around to the Boehner interview. What a breath of fresh air. Let hope he keeps his resolve.

DanMan on February 16, 2015 at 10:21 AM