It’s official. John Boehner gave up today.
Roll Call, the DC-based newspaper reporting on Congress, reports that Republican House Speaker Boehner will allow his members to vote in a full DHS funding bill later today. It contains no restrictions on President Obama’s executive action covering immigration, and it is expected to pass.
“Democrats stayed united and blocked our bill, and our Republican colleagues in the Senate never found a way to win this fight,” Boehner said…
The reality is that House and Senate Republican leaders have been trying for months to placate conservative demands to roll back Obama’s executive actions without shutting down the government, but had no path to do so given a united Democratic front backed by a veto threat from the president.
The message? Even from the minority, Democrats can fight Tea Party insurgencies and usher through sensible legislation.
Maybe Democrats in Santa Fe can learn a lesson from their Washington colleagues.