Reid: McConnell plan does nothing to fund Homeland Security
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid: Early voting states Iowa, New Hampshire 'not representative of the country anymore' The Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Bottom Line MORE (D-Nev.) on Tuesday said Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Former Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled MORE’s (R-Ky.) plan to separate a fight over immigration from funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) doesn’t help fund the agency.

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“The fact remains we’re four very short days away from the Homeland Security shutdown,” Reid said during a floor speech. “Last night, the majority leader moved to bring a bill to the floor that does absolutely nothing to fund Homeland Security.”

The Kentucky Republican is seeking to fast-track legislation to eliminate two new immigration programs launched by Obama late last year, while allowing a 2012 initiative targeting younger immigrants to continue as designed.

McConnell used his immigration move to put pressure on Senate Democrats who have previously raised concerns about Obama’s executive actions.

“The colleagues have hidden behind all manner of excuses to avoid upsetting the far left. Well, this bill removes the excuses,” McConnell said from the Senate floor on Tuesday.

But Reid said that, if McConnell wanted to vote on an immigration proposal, he’s wasted time.

“If the majority leader wanted a vote on this bill, he should not have wasted a month repeating the same failed procedure vote four times,” Reid said. “Albert Einstein said that’s the definition of insanity, when you keep doing the same thing over and over again and get the same result.”

Senate Democrats are pushing for a “clean” bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security, which runs out of money on Friday. They have said that they are willing to have a debate on immigration, but the department must be funded first.