• Government Shutdown Averted?
  • February 18, 2015
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • House Republicans are poised to avert a government shut down, but likely not without the help of House Democrats.

    A plan being pushed by Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) would fund the government through September 30th of next year, with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). DHS is the agency with primary responsibility for immigration policy and, under the Boehner plan, funding for it would only be extended until March of next year, setting up a battle over the president's controversial immigration action then.

    Several dozen Republicans are expected to buck the party's leadership and oppose the bill because they believe that the speaker’s plan does not go far enough. They would prefer to fund the entire government through a short-term plan that expires early next year so they can redo the whole spending plan to Republican liking, rather than relying on one negotiated this year with Democrats.

    Others, like Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH), want to attach language to the spending bill that would prohibit United States Citizenship and Immigration Services from using the fees it collects to carry out the president’s action. This has been a sticking point for Republicans because Congress cannot simply cut off funding from the agency; it is self-funded through those fees.

    Rep. Steve King (R-OH), an outspoken immigration reform critic, has said as many as 50 Republicans could vote no. While most believe the actual number will be lower than that, it does appear that Speaker Boehner will rely on the votes of Democrats to pass this package.

    While House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) opposes Boehner's plan, he and others in Republican leadership are confident they will secure enough crossover Democratic votes to ensure passage.

    If the legislation passes the House, it is expected to pass in the Senate and the White House has signaled that the president would be willing to sign it.