WHIP LIST: House Republicans split on ‘clean’ Homeland Security funding

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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) faces a tough decision on whether to consider legislation in the House that would fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) but not overturn President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

The DHS will shut down on Saturday without a funding bill, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said he’s ready to allow the Senate to vote on a “clean” funding bill with no immigration provisions.

{mosads}Boehner has made no such commitment, however, and his party appears split on the issue.

While Republican leaders fear the GOP will be blamed for a shutdown, many rank-and-file members are determined not to support funding for the department unless they are also voting to defund or overturn Obama’s actions.

McConnell also plans to have the Senate vote separately on legislation that would defund Obama’s 2014 executive actions that could shield millions of people from deportation.

Those executive actions have also been blocked by a federal judge’s ruling now being appealed by the administration

The legal fight won’t end by Saturday, however, raising pressure on Republicans in charge of the House and Senate to prevent a shutdown of the DHS.

If Congress misses the deadline, nearly 90 percent of DHS employees will have to work without pay until the funding legislation passes. Another 30,000 employees would be furloughed in the event of a shutdown.

The Hill is asking House Republicans if they’d support a clean funding bill. We’ll be updating this list continually.

RECENT UPDATES: 9:28 p.m. on Feb. 26, Rep. Diane Black 



John Carter (Texas) — The chairman of the House Appropriations subcommittee overseeing Homeland Security says the funding legislation written by his staff is “a good bill.”

Tom Cole (Okla.) – A close ally of Boehner, Cole argues the party should let the fight over Obama’s actions play out in the courts so the party can avoid a political hit. “Let’s not continue the exercise when there’s nothing to be gained and a great deal to be lost,” he said.

Mike Coffman (Colo.)

Ryan Costello (Pa.)

Carlos Curbelo (Fla.)

Bob Dold (Ill.)

Peter King (N.Y.)

Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) — Kinzinger told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Tuesday night that he would vote in favor of a clean bill.

Hal Rogers (Ky.) — Rogers is chairman of the Appropriations Committee.

John Katko (N.Y.) — Katko was quoted saying, “Despite my disappointment, I would support a clean funding measure if it were presented.”

Ed Royce (Calif.) — Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee tells CNN that the agency will be funded. 

David Valadao (Calif.) —  “Rep. Valadao opposes shutting down DHS and is supportive of splitting the language if it ensures a shutdown does not occur,” his office said. 



Dave Brat (Va.)

Mo Brooks (Ala.) — Brooks is a solid no. “There’s no way on God’s green earth” he’d vote for a bill allowing Obama’s executive actions to go forward, he told reporters Wednesday.

Scott DesJarlais (Tenn.) — DesJarlais’s office told The Hill the congressman will vote against a clean funding bill.

Jeff Duncan (S.C.)

John Fleming (La.)

Bill Flores (Texas) — Flores is the Republican Study Committee chairman.

Trent Franks (Ariz.)

Tim Huelskamp (Kan.) — Asked if he could support a clean bill, the frequent Boehner critic said, “Absolutely not.”

Walter Jones (N.C.)

Steve King (Iowa)

Raúl Labrador (Idaho) — Labrador he hasn’t seen the details of McConnell’s plan; but asked whether he would support a clean bill, he answered, “Oh, no.”

Steven Palazzo (Miss.) — “Not just no, but hell no.”

John Ratcliffe (Texas)

Matt Salmon (Ariz.) — “I will fight against any funding bill that does not fully defund the president’s illegal actions,” Salmon said in a statement.

Rep. Mark Sanford (S.C.) — Said on “Morning Joe” that he’s “concerned about the constitutional element that’s at play here.”

Pete Sessions (Texas) — “Straight out, if you ask me, ‘Am I just going to support a clean bill?’ No.”

Diane Black (Tenn.) 



Jason Chaffetz (Utah) — “I’ve got to look at it; I haven’t looked at it yet,” the Oversight Committee chairman said of McConnell’s plan.

Candice Miller (Mich.) — Vice-chairman of House Homeland Security Committee isn’t sure how she’ll vote.

Dave Reichert (Wash.) — “I’m going to have to look at” McConnell’s plan, Reichert said.

Mike Lillis, Rebecca Shabad, Scott Wong and Marianna Sotomayor contributed to this report.

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