Boehner attempts to cave on amnesty; House GOP revolts and embarrasses him
The power of the purse is the single strongest Constitutional mechanism Republicans have for stopping Obama’s lawless agenda. With the hours dwindling before a partial shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, Boehner attempted to gave and give Obama a “clean” bill funding bill that would have funded his scheme to grant amnesty and welfare benefits to illegal aliens.
Boehner tried to pass a three-week funding bill to buy himself more time, but the bill was defeated.
As usual, Nancy Pelosi had the Democrats voting as a block to prevent Boehner from getting the necessary votes. 52 brave Republicans stood firm and refused to fund amnesty, even for only three weeks.
John Boehner has proven time and time again that he is unqualified to lead his caucus. Prior to last year’s midterm elections, Boehner would might have been able to strong-arm enough Republicans into capitulating to Obama’s demands, but there are now enough principled Conservatives in the House to show that they are a force to be reckoned with.
The solution to this problem is very simple: Continue to pass funding bills that deny Obama the ability to violate the Constitution. Let Obama be the one that shuts things down. Forget about the press. Forget about all the nasty things Obama and the Democrats will say about you. Do the right thing, and stick to it.
There’s one contingent of people who are happy that House Republicans are apparently willing to shut down the Department of Homeland Security, and as it happens, they’re all meeting nearby. At CPAC!
[M]any conservatives here in the grand ballroom, sporting “Run Ben Run” t-shirts that encourage retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to embark on a presidential campaign, and waving popsicle sticks with Cruz’s face glued on, don’t believe shutting down DHS matters. What they want is for someone to stand up against Obama.
"Let’s take the pain and preserve the Constitution," says Chris Phillips. "If you get blamed for upholding the Constitution, that is a worthy cause."
A man is dressed as Captain America at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at National Harbor, Maryland on Thursday.(Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images)
These people who are currently midway through a three-day orgy of pants-wetting over ISIS being in their bedroom closets don’t have much faith that Boehner will really go through with shutting down the department, however.
"Everybody is looking at Boehner to see what he is going to do, and he won’t say, but we know he’s going to cave too," says CPAC attendee Pat Cashman. "They should have kicked him out when they had the chance."
So there you go. If Boehner shuts down Homeland Security he’ll get the begrudging respect of a bunch of people wearing old-timey hats, and if he averts the shutdown, those same people will hate him.
With the help of Nancy Pelosi, Boehner muscles through 1-week DHS funding bill
John Boehner is pathetic. Absolutely pathetic.
With the help of Nancy Pelosi, Boehner passed a 1-week funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, including Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty for illegal aliens.
What a spineless loser…
Bordering on dysfunction, Congress passed a one-week bill late Friday night to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department, as leaders in both political parties quelled a revolt by House conservatives furious that the measure left President Barack Obama’s immigration policy intact.
The final vote of a long day and night was a bipartisan 357-60 in the House, a little more than an hour after the Senate cleared the measure without so much as a roll call.
That sent the legislation to the White House for Obama’s signature, and capped a day of bruising political battles and rhetoric to match.
The only difference between this bill and the 3-week version that went down in flames earlier today is that Nancy Pelosi ordered her troops to vote for this one. Because John Boehner refuses to stand on Constitutional principles, he can’t do anything in the House without Nancy Pelosi’s help.
So can we take a moment to honor poor Sharon Carter, SHIELD agent, who was unfortunate enough to be assigned to being Steve Rogers’ neighbor, and therefore was required to hide in broom closets, behind maintenance carts, and preform acts of immediate disappearance whenever Steve was wandering around her work place.
How often do we see a hijab-wearing, career-driven, intelligent, independent Muslim woman on television with a voice of her own? It’s a groundbreaking role that I’m honored to play. Homeland is great at challenging our preconceived ideas. Many viewers will make up their minds about Fara the moment they set sight on her and hear her speak. She wears a headscarf and has a slight Iranian accent. She looks and feels completely out of place the moment she arrives at the CIA. She definitely senses that people define her by her appearance. The question is, has she become what society has imbued her with or does she prove them wrong? —Nazanin Boniadi
HOMELAND | CARRIE & QUINN | Homeland has paid a lot of attention to the way these two characters are growing, whatever dynamic Quinn and Carrie have and are developing is pretty different from what she had with Brody. […] they certainly know each other by now, way more than Brody and Carrie ever did. [x]
Director Michael Cuesta had originally considered actor Rupert Friend when casting the lead role of Sherlock Holmes for the pilot for CBS’s Elementary in the spring of 2012. “He would have been an edgier, darker Sherlock,” Cuesta recalls. The director was taken with the actor and told the casting director, “Sorry, but I’m gonna have to cast this guy in Homeland,” which would film just a few months later.