This week the Senate is set to begin consideration of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations bill that was passed by the House in January. Although Republicans hold a 54-vote majority in the Senate, the measure to end debate and advance the bill requires 60 votes. Democrats are expected to prevent the Senate from moving forward with the bill. Last week, they sent a letter to Majority Leader Mitch McConnell demanding a bill free of amnesty-defunding provisions. Additionally, Senator Mikulski, the senior Democratic member of the Senate DHS Committee, introduced a clean spending bill. Should the Republican bill fail to pass, it will be returned to the House, where GOP leaders will have to decide whether to withdraw their immigration amendments, or risk a partial shutdown of DHS when funding expires February 27th.
On February 3rd, the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee will be holding a hearing entitled “Examining the Adequacy and Enforcement of Our Nation’s Immigration Laws.” The hearing will be held at 11am ET in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. More details and live streaming information can be found here.
The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is also holding a hearing this week. The hearing, “Deferred Action on Immigration: Implications and Unanswered Questions,” will be held February 4th at 10am in SD-342. More information can be found here.