"Temporary Kudos" to CNN for BRIEFLY giving America and the World an accurate headline on the subject: " SENATE DEMS BLOCK HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDING AGAIN ”
PROFILES IN DISCOURAGEMENT: McConnell BLINKS ! And the story line changed for CNN and the rest of us — Let’s see what happens next ?
Democrats in the upper chamber have filibustered three attempts to take up, discuss, or amend the House-passed DHS funding bill. Last night was round four of the Democrat filibuster. As a result even the MSM stopped covering for the recalcitrant Democrats in the Senate – at least they did for a short period. After Town Hall gave “Kudos to CNN for its accurate headline – ‘Senate Dems Block Homeland Security Funding Bill Again:’..." (See “Again: Senate Democrats Filibuster DHS Funding to Protect Obama's Amnesty” by Guy Benson, 2/24/15, Townhall [http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2015/02/24/again-senate-democrats-filibuster-dhs-funding-to-protect-obamas-amnesty-n1961172]) CNN took it down.
Although the folks at CNN quickly saw the error of their ways and changed the headline of their article to something about a change in Majority Leader McConnell’s tactics, the deadlock persists. The Republicans are still trying to pass DHS funding and stop funding for Amnesty; and for their part, the Democrats are blocking all votes and amendments on the House-passed DHS funding bill (See “McConnell changes tactics in DHS fight” by Ted Barrett, CNN, 2/23/15 [http://www.cnn.com/2015/02/23/politics/dhs-shutdown-funding-vote/]).
As usual, Republicans that could be relied upon to extract defeat out of the jaws of compromise most of the time, are trying to do so again. Since he sees no reason to be exceptional, Mitch McConnell has decided that he would attempt to break the log-jam by attempting to schedule split votes on general DHS funding of all DHS programs, with the specific prohibition of any DHS spending on amnesty put forward as a separate bill. In doing so, he rejected the advice of conservatives in both the House and in his own Senate caucus that he exercise the “nuclear option” of suspending the rules about filibusters with respect to the vote on the DHS bill passed by the House. That bill would likely pass the Senate as well if it weren’t for the Democrat filibusters. The most recent cloture vote to cut off the filibuster failed with a 47-46 plurality in favor of cutting-off debate, with a super-majority of 60 votes needed for successful cloture.
According to CNN, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) used the failed cloture vote as his opportunity to blame Republicans for failing to fund DHS, saying: "It's becoming clear Sen. McConnell realizes he must separate himself from the far right, but the bottom line is this proposal doesn't bring us any closer to actually funding DHS, and Republicans still have no real plan to achieve that goal...."