McConnell's Gambit Solves Nothing

Conn Carroll
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Posted: Feb 24, 2015 10:20 AM
McConnell's Gambit Solves Nothing

Republican leaders in the House and Senate face a simple choice: either stick to their guns and demand Democrats offer amendments to the existing House-passed Department of Homeland Security bill, or introduce a new DHS bill that fully funds President Obama's amnesty.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) new plan to offer a separate bill that would eliminate Obama's Deferred Action for Parental Accountability program in no way solves this problem.

Let's say McConnell introduces his bill. Democrats are just as likely to block this new bill as they are to block the current DHS funding bill. Even if they do allow debate to begin on McConnell's new bill, they will definitely filibuster final passage. Nothing will be different. We'll just be closer to a DHS shutdown.

McConnell's choices will then be exactly the same as they are today: either stick to your guns and demand Democrats offer amendments to the existing House-passed Department of Homeland Security bill, or introduce a new DHS bill that fully funds Obama's amnesty.

As I pointed out before, there is no easy way out for Republican leaders.