(Washington, DC — March 1, 2015) — History in Washington repeated itself as 11th-hour Congressional legislation avoided a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
For one week.
DHS funding, set to expire at midnight on February 28, was restored via a continuing resolution (CR) for one week. Thus, the DHS funding shell game continues.
“This shows that this Congress can do the work expected of us by average, ordinary, everyday Americans,” said a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), speaking on condition of anonymity.
“Majority Leader McConnell looks forward to reaching across the aisle to the other side this coming week,” said a spokesman for Mitch McConnell (R-KY), speaking on condition of anonymity, “so Congress can finish the work it started. Or pass another one-week CR on March 6. Either way, it should be fun!”
At the heart of DHS’s defunding is President Obama’s (D-IL/Kenya) unilateral action on immigration reform. Using an Executive Order to bypass an impotent Congress, the legislative body miraculously sprang to life, vowing to undo Obama’s Executive Order so things could go back to the status quo — in short, taking absolutely no action.
To get their way, Congressional opponents threatened to defund DHS because the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) is part of DHS, which was created in 2002 following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Attempts to pass a “clean” bill to fund DHS – eliminating the provision to cancel Obama’s immigration Executive Order – failed. Attempts to fund DHS until September 30 also failed.
One week seems to be all this Congress can muster – and it will be one more week of the same tired debates, arguments, and insanity, which has plagued the country for years.
Congressional Democrats are hardly blameless, as many refused to vote on the one-week extension because they wanted funding through Septmeber 30 or nothing.
“Anyone not voting for full DHS funding is voting to leave this country vulnerable to the world’s evildoers,” said a military official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“It’s all very sad,” said a political scientist, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“The fact is, there’s no mention of continuing resolutions in the Constitution, so by not passing a budget – which is stipulated in the Constitution – Congress is abrogating its responsibility, in essence committing treason. Yet no one seems to point this out.
“This ‘continuing resolution’ nonsense has been repeated yet again, and it will be repeated again and again. We’ve seen it for the past six years, and I don’t see things ever going back to the way they were.
“Sadly, the ‘new norm’ is legislating at 11:59pm at the end of a barrel of a gun.”