The meltdown in the House over funding the Department of Homeland Security threatens to quickly tarnish Republican claims to sound management of Congress.
Nothing shines a spotlight on the crazy wing of the Republican Party quite like Friday’s down-to-the-wire decision on funding the Department of Homeland Security or letting it begin to go dark, even as domestic threats from ISIS grow. Indeed, elements of the GOP’s tea party evidently would hold even national security hostage over their personal contempt for this president and their desires for an ideological purity test.
The stunning House defeat Friday of a three-week spending bill for the Department of Homeland Security exposed Speaker John Boehner’s weakness in the face of rebellious conservatives. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., already had bowed to Democrats’ demands and stripped the contentious provisions rolling back Obama’s immigration policies from his chamber’s version of the Homeland Security spending bill.