Boehner Says He’s Willing to Allow Counter-terrorism Funding to Run Out

House Speaker John Boehner listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday. Boehner refused to rule out a potential shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security because of a congressional impasse over funding. (PHOTO CREDIT: Molly Riley, AP)
House Speaker John Boehner listens during a news conference on Capitol Hill Thursday. Boehner refused to rule out a potential shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security because of a congressional impasse over funding. (PHOTO CREDIT: Molly Riley, AP)

House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday he’s “certainly” willing to allow counter-terrorism funding to run out at the end of the month if the Senate won’t agree to a provision blocking President Obama’s immigration policies.

“The House has acted. We’ve done our job. Senate Democrats are the ones putting us in this precarious position. It’s up to Senate Democrats to get their act together,” Boehner said on Fox News Sunday.

If Congress doesn’t authorize funding for the Department of Homeland Security by Feb. 28, Boehner said, “Senate Democrats should be to blame, very simply.”

The House has passed a Homeland Security funding bill through the end of the fiscal year in September, but it contains what Democrats consider a poison pill: A provision blocking funding for President Obama’s executive actions delaying deportation for about 5 million undocumented immigrants.

President Obama has threatened to veto the House bill if it gets to his desk. But that seems unlikely anyway, since Senate Republicans don’t have the 60 votes necessary to prevent a Democratic filibuster.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Gregory Korte

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