- Apr 2013
- La La Land North
Is this the GOP moving to the middle or is it the next battle in the establisment GOP vs Tea Party war?
Story continues at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/us/house-gop-weighs-symbolic-immigration-vote-in-plan-to-avoid-shutdown.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=1WASHINGTON — House Republicans made progress on Tuesday steering some of their most conservative members away from a course that could shut down the government next week, a prospect that would badly damage the party as it prepares to take control of Congress in January.
Though the outcome remained unpredictable, Speaker John A. Boehner and his deputies were already counting votes for a two-part plan that they presented in a closed-door meeting in the Capitol.
The first step would be to allow a largely symbolic vote on legislation to dismantle President Obama’s executive action last month that delayed the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants. The second would be to fund the government through the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, 2015, except for agencies that spend money to enforce Mr. Obama’s immigration action, like the Department of Homeland Security.
Speaker John A. Boehner has told Republicans that only they would be blamed for a government shutdown.
Congress would then revisit funding for those agencies early next year when Republicans are in control of both the House and the Senate and in a stronger position.
Republicans are eager to pass a broad spending bill this year to avoid the crisis atmosphere that spending fights would create, notably in financial markets. But they also want to show their facility for governing, hoping for a triumphant return in January.