"The American people voting in the 2014 elections told the country what they wanted and it was a "rejection" of President Obama (this is what the Tea-Pee-ers and the Gee-Oh-Pee-ers tell themselves).
And here is that rejection Congress at work:
The Miami Herald:
Congressional Republicans bungled just about every chance to take action on immigration reform. President Obama, eventually, took action on immigration reform. So the GOP doesn’t want to fund the Department of Homeland Security.
DHS, is set to run out of money on Feb. 27, less than two weeks from now. For all its faults, DHS should not be the political football with which the Republican-controlled Congress attempts to score a touchdown against President Obama.
(That makes sense, no? Well possibly if you're a part of the "I Don't Know How to Govern" GOP Congress.)
Ben Jacobs at The Daily Beast:
Weeks after winning the Senate, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had a nice thought: “We will not be shutting the government down or threatening to default on the federal debt,” he said. With less than two weeks before yet another government shutdown, chaos remains and dysfunction is still normal.
The Washington Post:
At this point, it’s anyone’s guess whether the stalemate can be broken. Congress returns Feb. 23 from recess, at which point it will have just five days to resolve the deadlock. House Republicans are so far refusing to budge, imagining they will be able to shift the blame for another shutdown onto the Democrats. This is magical thinking.
WASHINGTON – The House of Representatives seems to be trying mightily to make itself irrelevant, with Speaker John Boehner leading the effort. I can’t help but think of the old proverb: “The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.”
The caravan, in this case, consists of President Obama, the Senate and the American people. It’s still early, but one has to wonder whether anything but yipping and yapping will emerge from the House before the next election. Prospects, thus far, are not promising.
Under Boehner’s leadership, the House insists on holding the Department of Homeland Security hostage in an attempt to force Obama to undo his executive actions on immigration. Funding for the agency expires at the end of the month, and the House refuses to take up a simple appropriations bill without attaching unrelated immigration measures that have no chance of getting past the Senate or the president.
The timing of this attempted power play is less than exquisite. Each day seems to bring new reminders of the potential threat posed by terrorism. A group allied with the Islamic State parades 21 Coptic Christians onto a beach in Libya and savagely beheads them. A lone-wolf gunman stages a deadly attack in Copenhagen, perhaps modeled on the Charlie Hebdo killing spree in Paris.
So is this the moment to play political games with the nation’s safety from terrorist attacks? “Certainly,” said Boehner, when asked Sunday whether he was prepared to see Homeland Security run out of funding.
|Like a dog who chased a car and finally caught it, these guys don't know what to do with Congress. Completely Callous and Chaotic|