Here We Go Again: GOP Threatens Government Shutdown Over Immigration

The GOP is at it, again! Reuters reports that right-wingers are plotting yet another government shutdown as an expression of their angst. Last year, led by Ted Cruz, Republicans threw a temper tantrum and displayed that they were willing to allow our nation to unravel because of their dissatisfaction with the Affordable care Act. This fit of rage cost our country billions of dollars and had numerous detrimental effects on our country — forcing the EPA to cancel health and safety inspections, causing federal employees to lose a combined 6.6 million work days, delaying tax returns, and more.

And they’re ready to do it again, this time over the President’s plan to act on immigration through executive action — and with the new Republican majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, it will be easier than ever!

Conservatives in the House are plotting to withhold necessary government funding to bully the White House into abandoning a plan that would allow some undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States.

On Thursday, John Boehner did not directly threaten a shutdown, but threatened to “fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path.” He said no final decisions have been made. However, he did state:

“All options are on the table.”

Republicans have been pressuring Boehner to attach language to a bill funding federal agencies that would block the use of government money to issue new visas or green cards.

The Hill reported on Friday:

“Tea Party lawmakers emboldened by the GOP’s big midterm gains say they will insist on attaching a policy rider to legislation keeping the government open that would block funding for agencies carrying out Obama’s promised executive actions limiting deportations.”

Florida Rep. Ted Yoho called the plan a “great idea,” and Virginia Rep. Dave Brat also backs the proposal to withhold funding in order to force the White House to capitulate to the GOP’s demands.

Idaho Tea Party Rep. Raul Labrador said:

“No one wants to risk a government shutdown, but this is an important enough issue that all options need to be on the table.”

However, not all Republicans agree with another mass temper tantrum, though there are certainly discussions on the topic.

Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference John Thune told Fox News Sunday:

“It doesn’t solve the problem. But look, we’re having those discussions… We’re going to continue to meet about this. I know the House leaders are talking about, the Senate leaders are talking about it.”

Thune continued:

“Republicans are looking at different options about how best to respond to the president’s unilateral action, which many people believe is unconstitutional, unlawful action on this particular issue.”

Republicans blame President Obama’s plan to exercise the powers of his office for fueling the GOP’s continual refusal to work with the White House. “I think the president wants a fight. I think he’s actually trying to bait us into doing some of these extreme things that have been suggested,” Oklahoma Representative Tom Cole told ABC. “I don’t think we will.” Cole said a shutdown is an inappropriate response to the President’s legal use of the powers afforded by his position.

Unfortunately, with the new GOP majority, we will likely see many of these bully tactics and threats — a far cry from incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s promise to work with the President to find a mutually amicable solution.