House Says, Senate Says: GOP Split on Next DHS Move

Posted February 11, 2015 at 5:10am

When it comes to Department of Homeland Security funding, the ball is still in the Senate’s court, according to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif, Roll Call reports.  

“A hundred senators got elected to say they wanted to solve problems,” McCarthy told a small group of reporters Tuesday morning. “They didn’t get elected to say, ‘we’ll wait and see what the House does.’ They should show us where they stand.”  

McCarthy blamed Senate Democrats for filibustering — three times — consideration of the House-passed DHS spending bill because of objections to language that blocks President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration.  

The California Republican suggested that Democrats, not House Republicans, would be responsible if lawmakers are unable to overcome the current impasse and the critical agency shuts down at the end of the month.