Republicans Need House Democrats For Their Modified Crazy

So the big GOP plan on appropriations is to pass three bills: veto-bait legislation “outlawing” Obama’s executive action on immigration; a CR extending to the end of the fiscal year covering every part of government other than DHS; and then a separate short-term funding bill for DHS. And since an undefined but very real segment of House Republicans will vote against both bills because they want a gen-u-wine government shutdown, some House Democrats will probably need to go along. Greg Sargent explains what they might demand in return:

A senior House Democratic aide tells me there are several unknowns that will determine whether Democrats ultimately support the GOP scheme. One is whether GOP leaders acquiesce to conservative demands for “riders” defunding Obama’s action to be attached to government funding. Anything that actually undermines that action will be a non-starter, so Dems will insist any such tactic be scrapped.

Don’t expect these Democratic limitations on Republican action to be acknowledged publicly. With respect to their Democratic colleagues, House Republicans are kinda like teenagers who cannot function without adult assistance but would rather die than admit it.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.