Yesterday, March 3, 2015, Speaker Boehner finally permitted the clean funding legislation, previously approved by the US Senate, to come to a vote on the House floor. Not surprisingly, it passed!
This transpired after much controversy in the House when Boehner had refused all last week to consider the clean funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that had already been passed by the US Senate.
You can check out the debate and vote on the House Floor from March 3, 2015 as recorded in the Congressional Record here:
With the passage of this bill, one of the two challenges to the President’s November 2014 Executive Action announcement has now been pushed back (at least for the time being until October 1, 2015 when the 2016 Fiscal Year begins and funding fights start all over again). This defeat for the conservative wing (some say “Tea Party Wing”) of the House Republicans leaves only the legal challenge pending in the Southern District of Texas Federal Court standing in the way of implementation of expanded DACA and DAPA.
The ruckus in Congress came to a head this past Friday, when Speaker Boehner, in a move that appears to have been aimed at placating the hard right of his majority in the House, refused to take up the Senate’s clean funding bill and instead reaffirmed the House’s previous bill containing language that would prohibit the president from implementing his Executive Action programs. Along with that bill, the House, last Friday also passed a resolution urging the House and the Senate to go to conference on the two different bills (clean funding Senate bill and the House’s restrictive bill). However the Senate Democrats refused to allow the Senate to adopt a similar resolution and thus blocked any hope of a House/Senate Conference where the two bills could be reconciled (and where the House conservative Republicans had hoped they could get the restrictive language inserted).
Desperate to avoid a DHS shut down that would likely be blamed on the Republicans who now control both houses of Congress, the House Republicans finally permitted Boehner to bring to a vote a clean DHS funding bill for only one week of operations. The one week DHS bill passed in the late hours on Friday, February 27, 2015,
Finally realizing that there was no hope of passing a longer term DHS funding bill with language that would block the President’s expanded DACA and DAPA programs, the House Republican Caucus finally permitted Boehner to bring to a floor vote the Senate’s bill funding DHS through the end of Fiscal Year 2015 (which ends September 30, 2015). Ultimately some 76 Republicans joined nearly all Democrats in passing the clean DHS funding bill by a vote of 257 to 167.
If your interested, Missouri and Metro East Representatives voted as follows:
Voting in favor of the clean DHS funding bill (Senate Amendment to H.R. 420)
- Clay (Missouri 1st District-Democrat)–Phone: DC: (202) 225-2406; District: (314) 367-1970
- Cleaver (Missouri 5th District-Democrat)–Phone: DC: (202) 225-4535; District: (816) 842-4545
- Bost (Illinois 12th District-Republican)–Phone: DC: (202) 225-5661; District: (618) 233-8026
- Davis (Illinois 13th District-Republican)–Phone: DC: (202) 225-2371; District: (618) 205-8660
- Shimkus (Illinois 15th District-Republican)–Phone: DC: (202) 225-5271; District: (618) 288-7190
- Schock (Illinois 18th District-Republican)–Phone: DC: (202) 225-6201; District: (217) 225-1653
Voting against the clean DHS funding bill (Senate Amendment to H.R. 420)
- Wagner (Missouri 2nd District-Republican)–Phone: DC: 202-225-1621; District: (636) 779-5449
- Luetkemeyer (Missouri 3rd District-Republican)-Phone: DC: (202) 225-2956; District: (636) 327-7055
- Hertzler (Missouri 4th District-Republican)-Phone: DC: (202) 225-2876; District: (573) 442-9311
- Graves (Missouri 6th District-Republican)–Phone: DC: (202) 225-7041; District: (573) 221-3400
Not bothering to vote yea or nea
- Long (Missouri 7th District-Republican)–Phone: DC: (202) 225-6536; District: (417) 889-1800
- Smith (Missouri 8th District-Republican)–Phone: DC: (202) 225-4404; District: (573) 335-0101