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Sarah Mimms Sarah Mimms is a staff correspondent for National Journal Daily, covering Congress. Previously at National Journal, she served as senior analyst for the Hotline, where she covered federal and gubernatorial campaigns in the South.
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With Next Step Uncertain, Senate Approves Bill to Avoid DHS Shutdown

February 27, 2015 Capping off weeks of turmoil, the Senate on Friday passed legislation to fund the Department of Homeland Security through October, just hours before a scheduled shutdown and with the House pursuing a totally different path. The chamber voted 68-31 to approve the measure, with dissenters including Sens. Marco Rubio, James ...

Boehner Has a Plan to Avoid a DHS Shutdown -- But It Might Not Pass

February 27, 2015 Speaker John Boehner on Thursday night finally laid out a plan to avert a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department: kick the can a little farther down the road. Yet even that may fail. With just one day left until funding runs dry for DHS, Boehner urged his conference ...

Senate Conservatives Concede, Won't Delay DHS Bill

February 26, 2015 Despite conservative groups and blogs blasting Mitch McConnell's "surrender," immigration hard-liners in the Senate appeared to wave their own white flags on Thursday, putting the Senate on the edge of a deal to fund the Homeland Security Department before Friday night's shutdown deadline. With a deal to pass a clean ...

As Shutdown Nears, McConnell and Boehner Remain Far Apart

February 26, 2015 House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell finally have nominal control of Congress. But actually governing—together—is proving to be far more difficult. The two top congressional Republicans earned their leadership titles on the promise of competence and an end to brinkmanship, yet with just one day left ...

Democrats Fear an Ambush on the Senate Floor Over DHS Funding

February 25, 2015 Democrats are worried about an ambush. With less than three days left before the Homeland Security Department shutdown, Senate Democrats have accepted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's offer. But they're exceedingly wary of how vulnerable such a move will make them. After huddling with their members on Wednesday, Democratic leadership ...

Senate Move Puts Boehner in a Bind Over DHS Funding

February 25, 2015 Mitch McConnell has handed John Boehner a near-impossible decision. After weeks of public back-and-forth with the House speaker over which chamber needed to act first, McConnell on Tuesday began to move on his own to fund the Department of Homeland Security. If it succeeds, the Senate majority leader's plan will ...

While Rubio Holds His Fire, Cruz and Paul Attack on the Next Immigration Front

February 24, 2015 With the Department of Homeland Security on the verge of a shutdown over immigration policy, Sens. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul have been sounding the drums of war over the next big immigration battle: Loretta Lynch's nomination to be attorney general. But so far, Sen. Marco Rubio has been silent. ...

Why Democrats Won't Cave on Immigration to Avoid a Shutdown

February 19, 2015 Just a few months ago, Democrats couldn't get far enough away from President Obama's immigration policy. At the behest of red-state members, leadership pushed the White House to hold off on an executive action until after Election Day, worried that it would be the noose around the necks of the ...

Republicans Just Got a Shutdown Lifeline. Will They Take It?

February 17, 2015 A federal judge's stay of President Obama's executive action on immigration could give congressional Republicans a lifeline to avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department. But it's not clear yet that they'll take it. With funding set to lapse at the end of the month, and a House-passed ...

How to Spin a Government Shutdown

February 17, 2015 Congress has packed its bags and gone home for the week, leaving lawmakers with just five legislative days to find a way to keep the Homeland Security Department open. Senate Democrats remain intractable in their filibuster of legislation to fund the department, just as House Republicans refuse to bring up ...