Earlier this evening, the House GOP's effort to pass a three-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security went down in flames.
The bill failed 203 to 224.
John Boehner suffered 52 defections from his caucus, the hardliners that refuse to vote for any bill that does not "defund" the President's executive orders on immigration.
However, here, rather than focusing on the 52 hardliners, let's focus on a different group of defectors: the 12 Democrats that voted with John Boehner.
The House Democratic leadership has continually insisted that they want a clean, yearlong DHS funding bill and do not want to override the President's executive orders or promote government-by-crisis.
Here is the advice Minority Whip Steny Hoyer gave to the caucus:
This measure is not a solution to the problem of funding DHS for the entire fiscal year and will only heighten the uncertainty faced by the Department. Moreover, it would deprive DHS of the resources it needs to protect the nation’s borders, ports, and airways, a fact that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas have stressed repeatedly during this manufactured crisis. Just last night, Secretary Johnson sent a letter to Congressional Leaders, stating that “…as I have noted many times, mere extension of a continuing resolution has many of the same negative impacts. A short-term continuing resolution exacerbates the uncertainty for my workforce and puts us back in the same position, on the brink of a shutdown just days from now.”
This morning, the Senate is expected to pass a “clean” bill that funds DHS for the remainder of FY2015 – and includes no poison-pill amendments that target the President’s executive actions to address our broken immigration system. That is what the House should be passing - not this short-term CR. Opposing the short-term CR makes clear that governing crisis-to-crisis, especially when it risks the our national security and the safety of Americans, is unacceptable.
If House Republicans are serious about protecting our borders and citizens, they will stop playing political games and allow for an up or down vote on the clean,
Senate-passed DHS funding bill. Members are urged to VOTE NO.
Here are those 12 Democrats:
Nick Ashford (NE-02)
Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Gerry Connolly (VA-11)
John Delaney (MD-06)
Gwen Graham (FL-02)
Michelle Lujan Grisham (NM-01)
Patrick Murphy (FL-18)
Scott Peters (CA-52)
Raul Ruiz (CA-36)
David Scott (GA-13)
Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09)
I was watching part of the vote on C-SPAN and noticed that just about all of these 12 Democrats voted for the bill when they were certain it was going to fail. In other words, they wanted their voting record to reflect that they are no different from a Republican. As if that ever turned out voters to the polls for them. If voters wanted a representative who voted like a Republican, they'd vote for a real one.