The Senate moved forward Wednesday on a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department past a midnight Friday deadline — without provisions passed by the House to block President Obama's executive action on immigration.
In the House, Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, "is playing a game of political survival" on the issue, says Politico.
Most of Boehner's inner circle knows that the House will be forced to accept a clean DHS funding bill, without the immigration provisions, at some point, Politico says.
But if the speaker wants to keep conservatives from rebelling, it may be too early to capitulate, says Politico.
Speaking to his caucus Wednesday, Boehner said he hadn’t spoken to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in two weeks — an apparent attempt to distance himself from McConnell's plan to separate the agency's funding from immigration policy, says Politico.