Because if the president doesn’t get what he wants on immigration, he’s going to veto funding the DHS funding bill that includes his Secret Service protection.
On a call with reporters this afternoon, a White House aide warned that President Obama’s security might be in jeopardy if Republicans failed to pass a full funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security.
“Until a full funding bill has passed, the DHS and the Secret Service is not able to move forward with the recent recommendations from the report on White House complex security,” Andrew Mayock from the Office of Management and Budget explained during the call.
Obama has vowed to veto the bill passed by the House this afternoon. Mayock said that the White House only supported the “base bill,” which funds the agency without limitations. The House version contains a number of amendments aimed at defunding Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants.
Somebody needs to remind Obama that, as someone said in January of 2009, “elections have consequences.” The voters rejected the Democrats and their way of doing things in 2014, voting the Republicans control of the Senate and increasing their majority in the House. And since Obama and his policies were the issue in 2014, it seems quite clear that the Obama and his policy preferences have been rejected.
Now Obama has engaged in a two-pronged strategy. The first, which the Republicans are trying to undercut in this bill, is to rule by decree via executive orders that run contrary to the explicit mandates of existing law. The second, which is White House strategy here, is to veto bills supported by a majority of both houses of Congress and to then seek to blame the Congressional Republicans for Obama’s obstruction of the legislative priorities of the American people.
This talking point from the White House is a perfect example of Obama doing in fact what he falsely accused the Republicans of doing back in 2013 – engaging in behavior that constitutes hostage taking. The OMB staffer on the call has said that if Republicans don’t give into Obama’s demands, there is the potential that his hostage will be seriously injured or killed. But in this case, Obama’s hostage is Obama himself – he is effectively holding a gun to his own head and demanding that Republicans give him what he wants or he will blow his brains out all over the Oval Office carpet. Republicans need to stand back and allow him to pull the trigger.