GOP Waves White Flag

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from MSNBC,

Republicans will offer clean bill to fund Homeland Security.

With just more than three days left until funding for the Department of Homeland Security is slated to run out, the Senate’s top Republican leader said he is willing to give up on his party’s efforts to sink President Obama’s immigration actions in order to avoid an agency shutdown.

The question is: Will Democrats — or congressional Republicans for that matter — be willing to take the deal?

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell waved the white flag on Tuesday, and said he is willing to bring up a clean bill to fund the crucial government agency, which is currently on track to shut down by Feb. 27. The top Republican has already failed four times at pushing through a House GOP bill to fund the DHS on the condition of unraveling the president’s sweeping executive actions on immigration. Democrats have called on McConnell to drop the toxic measures tacked onto the funding bill and bring legislation that would survive a White House veto. And so on Tuesday, McConnell said he was open to introducing the the “Immigration Rule of Law Act” separately, which would gut the unilateral actions on its own without jeopardizing the DHS.

“I’ve indicated to the Democratic leader that I’d be happy to have his cooperation to advance the consideration of a clean DHS bill, which would carry us through till Sept. 30,” McConnell said.

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