House Speaker John Boehner is back on the hook for a plan to fund the Department of Homeland Security – and must deal with both a restive group of conservatives and a leadership coup attempt.
In an effort to prevent a DHS shutdown, Boehner was thwarted by his own members in trying to get the House to finance the agency for three weeks; 52 Republicans joined most Democrats to sink the measure. The Senate and House then voted on a one-week extension which President Barack Obama signed into law.
The next move is unclear, The Washington Post reports
– but Boehner faces pressure from members who who want to use the DHS debate to fight Obama's executive actions on immigration – and the specter of a possible effort to oust him as speaker.
House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) told The Post Boehner has a plan.
"The speaker is going to offer his advice and options and what he’s thinking," said Sessions, without elaborating.
Referring to the tight Friday deadline, he predicted, "I think we’ll act well before then," The Post reports.
Democrats, meanwhile, are holding Boehner's feet to the fire for a House vote on a Senate-passed bill to fund DHS for the rest of the fiscal year – without affecting Obama’s immigration actions.
"We are disappointed that Senate Democrats have once again rejected regular order," Boehner's spokesman, Michael Steel, told The Post. "Now, we will talk with House Republican members about the way forward."
Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole, an Boehner ally said Monday he'd support the Senate’s "clean" bill if it comes to a vote, The Post reports. He's just not sure whether Boehner would bring it to the House floor.
"In the end, you end this thing as quickly and cleanly as you can," Cole told The Post, noting separate courts fights against Obama’s immigration moves should satisfy hard-liners.
And then there's the talk of an anti-Boehner coup.
Even a failed attempt would be an embarrassing show of defiance when he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are still in the early days of unified power, The Post reports.
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