Congressional Republicans have a problem. They're on the brink of shutting down the Department of Homeland Security. They're going to be blamed for it. And they're going to be fighting with each other all the way over the cliff. House Republican leadership is ready and willing to shut down DHS, cutting off some programs and leaving 230,000 workers without paychecks. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has proposed funding DHS through September, setting up a conflict between House and Senate Republicans.
A shutdown won't be good for his party, but Speaker John Boehner has his reasons for supporting it:
Senate Democrats are refusing to sign on to McConnell’s proposal without a commitment from the speaker to move a “clean” DHS funding bill. But several House Republicans and their top aides have privately told POLITICO that a misstep by Boehner in this legislative skirmish could imperil his speakership. One said that Republicans would weigh trying to remove him from the position if he relents on his promise to fight the president’s unilateral action on immigration “tooth and nail.”