House Minority Whip and Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer says that it is very likely that House Speaker John Boehner will offer a bill funding the Department of Homeland Security without defunding President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.
Hoyer said during a press briefing that the minority party could bring a vote on the DHS funding bill through an obscure House rule, but he doesn't think it will be necessary, The Hill is reporting
House Republicans will most likely bring the Senate bill to the floor, which has the support of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, he predicts. That bill would provide DHS funding until Sept. 30.
"My expectation is there will be a substantive vote — not a procedural vote — a substantive vote on the Senate McConnell bill," Hoyer said
"I don't want to discuss how it's going to come up, because I don't know. It could come up in a number of different ways," he added. "But we, on Friday, came to a conclusion that in fact it will come up."
According to the House Minority Whip, "another short-term CR for the Department of Homeland Security is an undermining of our national security."
As the deadline for DHS funding loomed Friday, Congress passed a bill
funding the department for one week that didn't pull funding from Obama's immigration orders.
The Senate is now taking a different strategy and is proposing a clean, no-strings attached DHS funding bill, which it will follow up with a separate bill that will block the president's executive actions.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told Democrats Friday night that they should vote for the one-week extension to "assure that we will vote for full funding next week."
A Boehner aide said that he "can confirm absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, that Speaker Boehner committed, directly and without any ambiguity, that, in return for Democrats helping him pass the one-week CR, he would bring up the clean, year-long appropriations bill that passed the Senate Friday and let it pass the House."
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