Government shutdowns don’t usually favor the initiating party, but many Republicans are willing to take that chance with Homeland Security funding set to run out on Saturday.
House conservatives say they are prepared to do whatever it takes to stop what they describe as the latest example of Obama’s executive overreach. “Is it an uncomfortable position to be in to have to choose between border security and the Constitution? Absolutely,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.
House Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, said this month he was “certainly” prepared to see a lapse in funding for the Homeland Security Department if the Senate could not pass the House-approved bill.
“I’m just not that scared of sticking to principles and fulfilling campaign promises that we made back home,” said Rep. Curt Clawson, R-Fla.
It’s a bold tactic, while most Americans would probably like to see full funding of the department that was created after 9/11 to protect our country from domestic terrorism and secure our borders. However, House Republicans know they are going to take a beating from their constituents back home if they vote to pass funding, so they are willing to play hard ball.
Though a shutdown may be popular with the GOP’s conservative base, polling indicates Americans overwhelmingly oppose the strategy.
A CNN poll conducted Feb. 12-15 found that 53 percent of Americans would blame congressional Republicans in the event of a shutdown, whereas 30 percent would blame the president and 13 percent would blame both.