The Senate took up their first vote on the $40 billion Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding bill. The legislation had cleared the House on Monday. The Senate vote gained a majority of votes 51-48, but that was far short of the 60 votes needed to break cloture. The House version of DHS funding strips away any funding for President Obama’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan since Congress did not authorize the policy. However, Democrat opposition remained firm against the GOP. Not a single Democrat supported the House bill. President Obama vowed to veto the bill which would require 67 votes in order to override the veto.
In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is said to have crafted an alternative bill which does have bipartisan support. From what Susan McGalla understands, democrats claim to want a clean DHS funding bill in order to ensure the department has the funding needed to combat terrorism. More on McGalla is available on Cnbc.com. In actuality, it is a pretext to allow the president’s amnesty plan to proceed forward. The bill Sen. McConnell will be offering will likely be a continuing resolution of the 2014 fiscal year funding which will keep the department operating through a short period of time. That said, details of his bill have not been revealed yet. If the bill gains passage in the Senate, it will return back to the House which will also have to pass it. Core conservatives in the GOP want the amnesty plan to be thwarted via the funding bill, but that is unlikely to occur without broad Democrat support.