GOP senator to House: Send us new DHS funding bill

A GOP senator on Thursday said the House should pass another bill funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that has a better chance of passing the Senate.

“We are unable to get on this bill to amend it. And a result of that, the House is going to have to send us another bill that we can get on,” Sen. Jim RischJim Elroy RischAny reduction in Energy Department's cybersecurity resources a mistake Biden cancels military-funded border wall projects Senate panel greenlights sweeping China policy bill MORE (R-Idaho) said after a lunch with the Senate GOP conference.

Before the lunch, Senate Democrats managed to filibuster the House-passed DHS spending bill for the third day in a row because of its riders that would kill President Obama’s immigration policies.

Democrats “are locked up against it,” Risch acknowledged, adding, “There’s nothing we can do.”


Risch emphasized that it’s now the responsibility of GOP leadership in the House to send over a different bill.

“The House is going to have to. We can’t start a bill here ourselves,” he said, because the Constitution says appropriations bills must start in the House.

A request for comment from Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerBiden's relationship with top House Republican is frosty Maher chides Democrats: We 'suck the fun out of everything' Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only MORE (R-Ohio) was not immediately returned.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTop female GOP senator compares Cheney ousting to 'cancel culture' Utah county GOP censures Romney over Trump impeachment vote House conservatives take aim at Schumer-led bipartisan China bill MORE (R-Maine), who offered on Wednesday what she considers a compromise, said there’s no plan B yet.   

“I’m not sure what the path forward is,” she said.

Collins’s amendment would protect "Dreamers" who were brought to the United States illegally as children and whose deportations have been deferred as a result of a 2012 program Obama created. Her amendment, however, would reverse Obama’s 2014 actions and the administration has made it clear Obama would veto any proposal that undermines these plans. 

Asked if she’s concerned about there being no clear endgame, Collins said she’s “very worried.”

Congress must pass a new DHS spending bill by Feb. 27. Each chamber has just over a week of work left because of a week-long recess for President’s Day.