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Anti-Boehner Coup Rumblings From House Conservatives Grow

By    |   Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 08:32 PM

Conservatives on Capitol Hill are threatening to replace House Speaker John Boehner if he ducks a fight with the White House over illegal immigration and gives in to political pressure to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, The Hill reports.

Talk of another coup attempt against Boehner "has grown louder," The Hill reports, now that Senate Republicans have backed away from a House bill that blocks DHS from accommodating millions of illegal immigrants.

The Senate looks poised to pass Homeland Security funding with no strings attached before the agency runs out of money at midnight Friday, leaving President Barack Obama's executive immigration order to DHS untouched, USA Today reports.

If Boehner follows the Senate's lead, "it would be a big political mistake," a House conservative speaking on condition of anonymity told The Hill.

Republicans who tried to oust Boehner in January are again strategizing on how to take away his Speaker's gavel, The Hill reports.

With a DHS shutdown looming, Boehner was said to be eyeing a compromise on Thursday evening between the take-no-prisoners posture of his restive right flank and the more Obama-friendly Senate approach that House conservatives have branded as surrender.

The National Journal, citing "leadership sources," reports that House GOP leaders were floating an interim bill to fund DHS in full, but only for a month, giving Republicans the chance to fight another day.

"Boehner and his allies are concerned that partially closing one of the top national security agencies could do lasting damage to the party," The Hill reports.

Publicly, Boehner has continued to say that he's waiting for the Senate to act, and on Thursday he accused Senate Democrats of "blackmail" for using their minority privileges to thwart efforts to limit DHS funding.

It was unclear on Thursday evening whether a House bill that kicks the can down the road another month would satisfy conservative opponents of the president's executive amnesty.

Earlier, Rep. John Fleming, Louisiana Republican, told The Hill that a clean DHS funding bill on the House floor would prompt another, even bigger conservative caucus backlash than the last one Boehner survived.

"Our base would be extremely angry," Fleming said. "So this is very, very delicate territory for our leadership."

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Conservatives on Capitol Hill are threatening to replace House Speaker John Boehner if he ducks a fight with the White House over illegal immigration and gives in to political pressure to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security, The Hill reports.
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