McMorris Rodgers says there’s no deal for clean DHS bill
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Rep. Cathy McMorris RodgersCathy McMorris RodgersRepublicans question NBC over coverage of Beijing Olympics Hillicon Valley — Biden's misinformation warning Lawmakers call on tech firms to take threat of suicide site seriously, limit its visibility MORE (R-Wash.) said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) did not promise Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi a vote on a long-term funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) next week.
Reports surfaced Saturday afternoon that Pelosi (D-Calif.) sent a letter to colleagues Friday night urging them to back a week-long extension of DHS funding to "assure that we will vote for full funding next week."
"No — not that I'm aware of," McMorris Rodgers told The Hill when asked repeatedly whether there was a deal between Boehner and Pelosi. "This is fundamental that they should at least have a debate in the Senate. … I didn't see her dear colleague letter."
A shutdown of DHS was narrowly avoided Friday night after a bitter political battle
"Our strategy is to ask the Senate to go to conference. That's a pretty basic request to make. That's the way Congress is intended to operate," she said. "We believe the Senate should agree to go to conference and then we figure out how to go forward."
Tea Partiers wanted a DHS funding bill that included provisions to defund the money needed for President Obama to carry out his immigration executive orders, which would allow for 5 million illegal immigrants legal status.
Republicans had attempted to maneuver two votes: one on DHS funding and the other on Obama's immigration policies.
"I believe it's very important that we continue to hold this president accountable and that's our priority — that's been our priority in the House. And we passed a very strong bill to do that," she said. "We need to be working with our colleagues in the Senate. That makes us stronger."