Posted: 10:56 pm Friday, February 27th, 2015
By Jamie Dupree
After a day of drama that featured yet another rebellion by Republicans in the House, Congress agreed to fund homeland defense operations for another week, no closer to a resolution of the political fight over President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
“It’s the eleventh hour, and we must act,” said Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY), as the House accepted a lifeline from the Senate, which had approved a one week budget extension for the Department of Homeland Security, hours after a three week funding measure had been defeated in the House.
“This has been a day of confusion,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal Allard (D-CA), as Democrats went from almost all against the three week plan to almost all behind the one week funding measure.
“I’m very proud of our Members, the unity that we had,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.
Democrats wasted no time in turning the day’s events on Republicans, accusing the GOP of being unable to govern.
#GOP dysfunction shows, once again, that to get anything significant done will require majority of Dem votes.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 28, 2015
— Charles Rangel (@cbrangel) February 28, 2015
As for Republicans, those who voted against the temporary funding plans were making no apologies.
— Rep. Trent Franks (@RepTrentFranks) February 28, 2015
House Conservatives Will Continue Effort to Stop President’s Unlawful Actions http://t.co/B3ka1yh6Hw
— Rep. Bill Flores (@RepBillFlores) February 28, 2015
Here are the names of the 60 members – 55 Republicans and 5 Democrats – who voted against the one week budget extension for the Department of Homeland Security.
What happens next week? It could be a repeat. Stay tuned.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.