As expected, the Senate rejected negotiating with the House on a Department of Homeland Security funding bill that would roll back President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.
The Senate blocked the formation of a conference committee on a 47-43 procedural vote that was short of the 60 votes required to pass.
The House and the Senate Friday each passed one-week funding bill that averted a partial DHS shutdown. That was done after the House failed to pass a three-week DHS funding measure while the Senate approved a bill to finance the department through September.
A combination of House Republicans, who wanted riders in the bill attacking Obama’s immigration moves, and Democrats, who wanted a DHS bill minus the immigration provisions, combined to deliver House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and his leadership team a stunning defeat Friday night.