Congress OKs 1-week bill to keep Homeland Security open

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  • mrjj69 bountiful, UT
    March 1, 2015 9:17 p.m.

    st separate the funding for homeland security. from immigration. problem solved.

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2015 10:14 a.m.

    Say what you will about Pelosi's political views, but as a Speaker she was one of the best ever at rounding up votes and getting things passed. It seems like a monthly occurrence for Boehner to take up a vote and embarrassingly fail to get it through like he did yesterday with the 3 week extension.

  • waikiki_dave Honolulu, HI
    Feb. 28, 2015 8:57 a.m.

    The President was elected by the people and the GOP does not like his immigration policy. So the GOP controlled Congress is trying to find a way to kill his policy by threatening to shut down the DHS unless the President rescinds his own policy. Sorry my GOP friends, that ain't gonna happen in a million years. So then, who's fault is it if the gov't is shut down? It's simple arithmetic; the GOP is responsible. If the people of the US don't like the President's immigration policies, then they can elect someone like Ted Cruz, or Mike Huckabee, or take your pick whatever GOP candidate they want to put in the WH. Until then, and only then, will the GOP get their way.

  • Gildas LOGAN, UT
    Feb. 28, 2015 8:42 a.m.

    Time for a Third party? They can vote with any remaining men of integrity in the stump of the old Republi-crat / Demo-publioan\ Congress, after the regularly scheduled new elections, to pass a few needed key bills into law. It will take a few years to get a legally elected responsible House and Senate in place. Let's hope the People have, by now, had enough to do something meaningful with their votes. The People are ultimately responsible for the composition of the Congress although I hope their will be at least a few repentant career politicians who can make a difference now.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 28, 2015 8:02 a.m.

    Hey RRB -

    "@GaryO, do you want a list of the Democrats like Hilary and Kerry who said they had proof of the WMD?"

    That "proof" came from the GW Bush administration.

    The CIA is part of the Executive Branch of government. The CIA under the Bush administration was part of the Bush administration, and they obligingly provided GW with the excuse he wanted to invade Iraq.

    Obviously the lies of the Bush administration were not "proof."

    Hillary and others made the mistake of believing that Republican administration.

    Hillary can be faulted for that. But, I'm sure she is not nearly as gullible anymore, nor am I and millions of other rational adults.

    We know better now than to believe lying Republican leaders.

  • ordinaryfolks seattle, WA
    Feb. 28, 2015 7:43 a.m.

    What a tremendous exercise of courage by the Congress (sarcasm most definitely intended).

    I would enjoy the antics of the GOP in the House were it not so harmful to the nation. The governing style of the House really belongs on a reality show on FOX, not in the halls of the federal government.

  • Susan in VA Alexandria, VA
    Feb. 28, 2015 7:28 a.m.

    A Republican temper tantrum? My what a new concept (NOT).

  • Lyn52 Saint George, UT
    Feb. 28, 2015 4:06 a.m.

    A crises manufactured by the republicans late last year. They own both houses and they still can't manage to pass a bill.

  • wigglwagon Mariion, Va
    Feb. 28, 2015 12:41 a.m.

    Cheap labor is more important to Democrats than the safety of Americans. Thirty years ago, Democrats fought for American workers. Now, they fight to replace American workers with the illegal workers.

  • AST Orangeville, UT
    Feb. 27, 2015 11:56 p.m.

    I'm not seeing anything in the comments about how the President can end this whole deadlock by canceling his illegal and unconstitutional order directing DHS from deporting illegal aliens. In a government like ours, the Congress establishes the law, not the President. He's supposed to enforce the laws Congress has passed, and the Courts are supposed to interpret the laws and apply them in specific cases.

    Instead of falling for all the attempts to blame Congress, we should be demanding that the President back off. He could solve this impasse tomorrow, but the press isn't pointing that out. Congress is only trying to preserve its powers and prerogatives.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2015 10:38 p.m.

    Great. Here we go again with shutting down the gov't while they decide who wins the pissing contest.

  • RRB SLC, UT
    Feb. 27, 2015 7:17 p.m.

    I guess some people missed the fact that only 15% will be laid off. All essential personnel will still be working.

    Isn't it time our leaders took the action to enforce immigration laws? It's been 29 years since the 1986 amnesty brought us laws of enforcement, that have all been ignored.

    You want scary stories, how about a wide open south border that's open to terrorists 24/7.

    @GaryO, do you want a list of the Democrats like Hilary and Kerry who said they had proof of the WMD?

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    Feb. 27, 2015 6:42 p.m.

    The last time DHS was asking for more funding and didn't get it, the Boston bombing happened. Makes you wonder what will happen this time.

  • Interloper Portland, OR
    Feb. 27, 2015 5:48 p.m.

    There is no way for House Republicans to avoid their responsibility for once again trying to shut down the national government. With Homeland Security unfunded, other agencies will be stymied in their work, and, their workers, like all Americans, will be at heightened risk from domestic terrorism.

    President Obama and the Democrats are willing to entertain a bill to repeal the President's executive actions on immigration. But, such a bill must stand on its own merits, not be attached to a bill funding a major federal agency.

    The Senate Republicans have attempted to field a clean Homeland Security funding bill. So, House Republicans are again casting themselves as the villains of our federal government.

  • BJMoose Syracuse, UT
    Feb. 27, 2015 5:24 p.m.

    To GaryO: Both of your posts but especially the earlier one at 3:55 are two of the best critiques I have ever read on the Deseret News. In both cases you used examples that just nailed what you were trying to express. I usually enjoy reading your comments. This time you've outdone even your normal excellent self.

  • RRB SLC, UT
    Feb. 27, 2015 5:21 p.m.

    No contest, the Senate Democrats refused to let the bill passed by the House on the floor. The only thing the House could do is not fund Obama's amnesty.

    It's time the Democrats lived up to their promise to stop Obama when campaigning for the 2014 elections.

    Pelosi knows a mess when she see's one.

  • JLFuller Boise, ID
    Feb. 27, 2015 4:55 p.m.

    We must find ways to stop government bloat. The Feds - especially - use government jobs as welfare programs and that must stop. Maybe, just maybe this is a tiny first step in getting something done. One for certain: Obama and the Democrats won't do anythng. They have too many people dependant on government handouts and jobs already.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 27, 2015 4:48 p.m.

    Hey DN Subscriber -

    "Any DHS shutdown is strictly the fault of the Democrat Senate, not House Republicans."

    THAT is just obscene . . . And it's totally FALSE.

    Essentially, Congressional Republicans are trying to extort concessions from Democrats.

    It's basically a protection racket. They say they will protect America if we will play ball and give them what they want . . . And if we don't, then the damage they cause is our fault.

    That's like a mafia operation, making store owners pay them for "protection," and then if they don't get their money, they burn down the store.

    But of course that's the merchant's fault. Why? Because he didn't pay to protect his store.

    It's extortion and it's racketeering.

    Where is the US Dept of Justice? It looks to me like Congressional Republicans are in direct violation of Federal RICO laws.

    They should be charged with racketeering and hauled off to jail where they cannot harm America and Americans.

  • toosmartforyou Farmington, UT
    Feb. 27, 2015 4:42 p.m.

    And the morass known as inside-the-beltway politics continues. Obama helped grease the conflicts by refusing to sign the Keystone Pipeline bill. Most people that want to work together don't start off fighting each other. But that's the Washington DC model these past few years...do absolutely nothing and blame the other party. It's sickening to see it continue and Democrats refusing to budge an inch on anything. Republicans need to provide better solutions for the American people, too, rather than just keeping things stalled.

  • intervention slc, UT
    Feb. 27, 2015 4:19 p.m.

    @dn subscriber
    You have to be kidding? With control of both houses and time to work out a compermise bill the leader of the house decided he would rather blow kisses at reporters then do his job. Now you want to blame democrates? So much for the party of personal responsibility.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2015 4:19 p.m.

    @DN Subscriber
    The shutdown is entirely the fault of Republicans who want to hold funding for DHS hostage while issuing the demand for a very partisan addition to the bill.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 27, 2015 3:55 p.m.

    "'You have made a mess,' Pelosi said . . . "

    Well yeah. You can say that a lot about Republican Politicians.

    Apparently they can't help themselves. It's as if they are compelled by some demon to do things against even their own best interests.

    For example, if Republicans get their way in this upcoming US Supreme Court case, 5 MILLION people, mostly Republicans in mostly Republican States will be the ones to suffer. That's what they got for voting Republican.

    And now Congressional Republicans are intent on defunding Homeland Security!

    First they go out of their way to take our nation through hell and back . . . Lying about WMD's to justify a criminal attack on Iraq and the murder of its leader, the only many willing and able to keep Islamic Extremism from gaining a foothold in Iraq, thus creating ISIL . . .

    . . . And now THIS!

    First they create the Islamic State . . . And NOW they seem INTENT on holding the door OPEN so ISIL can ATTACK our homeland. And all the while, they are blaming Democrats.

    "YOU are making us do this!" they chant.

    Sure we are.

    Victims wouldn't be victims if they didn't want to be . . . Right?

  • FatherOfFour WEST VALLEY CITY, UT
    Feb. 27, 2015 3:47 p.m.

    The senate approved it 68-31, which means it had a lot of support from both sides there. The House is completely owned by the republicans. There is no filibuster there or anything the minority party can do to stop legislation. If the DHS is shutdown due to lack of funding it will be 100% the House republicans' fault. The senate republicans cannot be blamed and none of the gems voted against the funding. "You know, the House by nature and by design is a lot more rambunctious place than the Senate," House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Feb. 27, 2015 3:45 p.m.

    Good! Remember, the House passed a bill to fund DHS more than six weeks ago.

    the Senate Democrats have repeatedly (5 times or more) refused to allow that bill to be brought up in the Senate for debate, amendment and passage.

    Any DHS shutdown is strictly the fault of the Democrat Senate, not House Republicans.

    But, you know the media and the Democrats (redundant, but true) will spin it the opposite.

    Better to have this fight now, and refuse to give in to Obama's lawless and unconstitutional decrees.

    The House has the power of the purse, and need not give in to threats, or lies about their actions by the media/Democrat complex. Stand your ground and stop Obama's power grab. And, tell Sen. McConnell to pass the bill on reconciliation- this is at least as valid as when Democrats used reconciliation to pass Obamacare.