Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying world A new kind of hero? Last week's emotional TV may be a sign GOP up in arms over Cheney, Kinzinger MORE (R-Ohio) offered a blunt message for Senate Democrats in the standoff over Homeland Security funding, urging them to “get off their ass” and pass a bill.
The Speaker’s rare flash of anger came Wednesday, as he blamed Democrats for repeatedly blocking a House-passed bill that would both stave off a Department of Homeland Security shutdown at the end of the month and gut President Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
Democrats are unified in their efforts to preserve Obama’s immigration actions, which shield millions of illegal immigrants from deportation.
“We won the fight to fund the Department of Homeland Security and to stop the president’s unconstitutional actions. Now it’s time for the Senate to do their work,” Boehner told reporters after a closed-door GOP caucus meeting.
“The House has done its job. Why don’t you go ask the Senate Democrats when they’re going to get off their ass and do something other than to vote ‘no.’ ”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHouse passes standalone bill to provide B for Israel's Iron Dome Pelosi vows to avert government shutdown McConnell calls Trump a 'fading brand' in Woodward-Costa book MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the upper chamber has done all it can do and that it’s now time for the House to send over another funding bill that can pass through the Senate. Funding for the DHS runs out on Feb. 27.
But inside the meeting, Boehner and other GOP leaders told their members they were staying the course and would not cave to Democratic demands for a so-called “clean” bill, free of the GOP riders targeting Obama’s immigration moves.
“The issue here is not Senate Republicans. It’s Senate Democrats,” Boehner said.
Asked about McConnell’s suggestion the House should now act, Boehner replied: “I love Mitch.”
“He has a tough job to do, and so do I.”
"Neither Speaker Boehner nor Senator McConnell appears willing to do the right thing and stand up to the extremists in their caucus like Senator Ted Cruz who have led us here," Reid spokesman Adam Jentleson said.
“The Republican Congress is a mess, pure and simple. Democrats are happy to help our Republican colleagues resolve their problems but the first step is for Republican leaders to do the right thing and pass a clean bill to fund Homeland Security.”
"I do think that it raises questions about whether or not Republicans are prepared to assume the responsibility that the American people have given them to run the United States Congress," Earnest said.