House Speaker John Boehner again called on Senate Democrats who have expressed opposition to Obama’s executive amnesty to follow through and vote to allow legislation blocking the executive actions proceed to debate.
“Several times this week, Senate Democrats, including senators who claimed they opposed the President’s executive actions have voted to block debate on this bill,” Boehner told reporters Thursday. “I think it’s real simple: Republicans are standing with the people while Democrats are protecting the president. I don’t think the American people are going to forget these votes.”
Thursday, Senate Democrats for a third time blocked consideration of a House-passed Department of Homeland Security funding bill that halts Obama’s executive amnesty.
Boehner wouldn’t offer advice on what the next steps in the Senate should be, arguing that the House has already acted and now it is time for the Senate to “hold the president accountable,” particularly Senate Democrats opposed to the executive amnesty.
“How about all those Democratic senators who made comments in opposition to the president’s overreach with regard to executive actions continuing to vote to block debate,” he said “They aren’t even talking about amendments on the bill. They aren’t even allowing a debate to occur. It’s time for them get their act together.”
The House Speaker did offer some words of sympathy for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“He’s got a tough job. He’s got a tough job over there,” Boehner said. “I’ve got a tough job over here. God bless him and good luck.”