The House is working through amendments to the GOP No Child Left Behind replacement.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said "now the ball is in the court of the Republicans in the House."
Mike Lillis 02/26/15 02:28 PM EST
House Republicans are considering a stopgap bill to keep Homeland Security funded.
Sen. Marco Rubio said "the barbaric murders" of the hostages cannot go "unanswered."
The unanimous consent requests failed to advance on the floor.
The New Hampshire Democrat suggested that letting the department shut down would send the wrong message to terrorist groups and criminal organizations.
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) warned that Republicans are hurting their long-term electoral prospects by opposing President Obama's executive actions.
"We must uphold the Constitution and the law," the Missouri senator said.
He said the Internet's growth was "made possible by a light regulatory touch."
The House will consider a replacement to No Child Left Behind, while the Senate continues debate on DHS funding.