From The Hill:
Hard-line House GOP conservatives aren’t worried about a looming Department of Homeland Security shutdown as the deadline for congressional action draws near.
Many of the conservative lawmakers who most want to aggressively challenge President Obama’s executive actions on immigration think that if push comes to shove, a shutdown will be worth the fight.
And at this point, they don’t think there will be any electoral consequences if there is a shutdown.
“I’m just not that scared of sticking to principles and filling campaign promises that we made back home, irrespective of what leadership tells us to do here,” said Rep. Curt Clawson (R-Fla.).
“It’s worth having this fight,” said Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.).
Gone are assurances from Republican lawmakers that there won’t be a shutdown later this month.
Most DHS employees are considered “essential,” meaning that workers like border patrol agents and Transportation Security Administration employees would remain on the job, albeit without pay. So in the eyes of some lawmakers, a DHS shutdown wouldn’t have as much impact as the government-wide shutdown in 2013.
“The shutdown would be extremely limited. It would be only in one department, with only a small percentage of people in that one department. But again, nobody has a goal here of shutting anything down. The goal here is to get the president to get right with the Constitution that he swore an oath to uphold,” said Rep. John Fleming (R-La.).
The complacency extends to the coming week’s congressional recess. Lawmakers of all political stripes said they weren’t worried about spending all of next week in their districts for the Presidents’ Day holiday.
And yet only one lawmaker suggested that Congress should stay in Washington and keep working to solve the impasse.
“Forget about recess,” Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) said at an event held with the Heritage Foundation this week. “Imagine what the American people will think about our party, the Republican Party, if we stay here for a week, we decide not to go on recess, and we actually fight for the principles that the American people sent us here to fight for.”
But Fleming refused to acknowledge that the strategy won’t take them any farther.
“I was elected to represent my district, not to predict the future,” Fleming said when a reporter pointed out that the fourth vote would fail like the others.
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