On Monday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel, Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer urged Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate to end the filibuster as Democrats continued to block debate on a funding proposal for the Department of Homeland Security, as it is set lapse later this month.
Let’s not work something out,” he said. “On this one I’m going radical. On this one I think it’s time for the Republicans to do what Harry Reid did in October 2013, in which he partially abolished the filibuster so he could pack the D.C. circuit court to get three liberals on it. I would go the rest of the way — abolish the filibuster over this. Pass it with Republican votes, and have Obama have to veto or accept a bill which strikes out the funding for the immigration service and his illegal unconstitutional actions.”
“If you have a bill that said you fund everything in DHS, as the House has passed, except the part that would be implementing the unconstitutional action of the president, it would pass the Senate the way it passed the House,” Krauthammer added. Then the president would have a choice. If he vetoes, well then everybody will understand unlike the narrative that you now have in the media that is the Republicans who are shutting it down, you would understand that the president vetoed a bill to fund the department in order to preserve an illegal executive action on immigration. And that’s the way the story ought to read.”
Follow Jeff Poor on Twitter @jeff_poor