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Wash. Post: Texas Court Ruling Won't End DHS Funding Showdown

By    |   Tuesday, 17 Feb 2015 05:27 PM

A Texas court rebuff of President Barack Obama's immigration action shielding millions from deportation won't resolve a Senate funding showdown threatening to shut down the Department of Homeland Security, The Washington Post reports.

Democrats say they'll maintain a filibuster if Republicans call for another vote on a House-passed measure that funds Homeland Security while rolling back Obama's immigration order, the newspaper reports, citing unnamed Democratic leadership aides.

"We’re several layers of the onion away from a final court ruling," one aide to the Senate's Democratic leadership tells The Post. "You do not tie fights over policy to agency funding — period. That’s not a game our guys are going to play."

GOP leaders are expected to try to hold a vote this week, and six senators would have to change their position for the GOP to prevail over a filibuster, The Post notes. The DHS funding deadline comes at the end of the month.

The Post reports GOP lawmakers are targeting moderate Democrats who've been on the fence about the immigration order, pressing them to drop the filibuster in light of Monday's federal injunction.

Democratic leaders aren't worried, The Post reports.

"This doesn’t change anything," the aide told The Post. "Everyone knew this judge would rule this way, and initial calls reveal no wobbliness whatsoever."

Democrats are hoping the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals could reverse the injunction, The Post reports.

"This procedural ruling, in our opinion, is very unlikely to be upheld, but regardless of the outcome Democrats remain united in our belief that funding for the Department of Homeland Security should not be used as a ransom by Republicans, period," New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer said of the Texas court ruling, The Post reports.

Democratic Senate Minority  Leader Harry Reid said the Texas ruling is just "a delay" in "justice for thousands of families … across the country," The Post reports.

"There is nothing stopping the Senate from debating immigration legislation immediately. Unfortunately, the Senate is mired in a completely avoidable impasse over funding the Department of Homeland Security.

"Senate Democrats have a simple solution for getting out of this jam: take up and pass a clean bill to fund Homeland Security, then move on to a robust debate on immigration legislation."

Meanwhile, a CNN/ORC poll finds finds 53 percent of Americans would blame Republicans in Congress if the department must shut down; 30 percent would blame Obama, and 13 percent say both deserve the blame.

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A Texas court rebuff of President Barack Obama's immigration action shielding millions from deportation won't resolve a Senate funding showdown threatening to shut down the Department of Homeland Security, The Washington Post reports.
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