Expressing his serious discontent over the actions of Senate Democrats of stalling a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department, House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday called on the rivals to stop holding up the legislation and delaying the process of funding the important department.
“The House has done its job. Why don’t you go ask the Senate Democrats when they are going to get off their ass and do something other than to vote no?,” Boehner said during a news conference after a crucial GOP lawmakers meet.
The Speaker’s remarks clearly underline the worsening deadlock on Capitol Hill over the issue involving President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
Last week, over 40 Democrats in the Senate had raised a procedural roadblock to a bill authored by Republican that would provide funding to HHS, while blocking Obama’s immigration actions.
“The issue here is not Senate Republicans. The issue here is Senate Democrats,” Boehner told reporters.
The funding for the Homeland Security Department will expire on February 27.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConell has earlier said that the Senate is “stuck” on the crucial funding issue and the next step was in the House’s court.
Boehner said the Democrats in the Senate are at complete fault as they have blocked a House-passed bill that is intended to provide funding to the department through the rest of the budget year while overturning the President’s immigration policies for limiting deportations of millions of undocumented people in the country. Democrats are standing against of the immigration language.