Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D., N.H.) accused Republicans of “blocking action” on the Department of Homeland Security funding bill that Senate Democrats are filibustering.
“Those who are blocking action have clear choice: are they going to prioritize politics or are they going to prioritize national security,” Shaheen said Tuesday during a press conference with Democratic leadership. “The American people are counting on us to put safety ahead of partisan politics.”
Senate Democrats have repeatedly filibustered a motion to debate the House-passed DHS appropriations bill because it includes a stipulation that Obama cannot use the money to implement his recent executive orders on immigration.
“Democrats voted today to continue blocking funding for the Department of Homeland Security, to protect actions President Obama referred to himself as ‘ignoring the law,’” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said Monday evening. “It’s already passed the House. It’s the simplest and easiest way forward. And if Democrats think it needs to be amended, I’m sure they’ll try to do that. They just need to let us bring it to the floor first.”