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Boehner challenges Senate Democrats to 'get off their ass'

Published:Thursday | February 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON (AP):

House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nuhr) said Senate Democrats should "get off their ass" and pass a bill to fund the Homeland Security Department and restrict President Barack Obama's executive moves on immigration.

His comments yesterday underscored a worsening stalemate on Capitol Hill, with funding for the Homeland Security Department set to expire February 27. A day earlier, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declared the Senate "stuck" on the issue and said the next move was in the House's court.

Boehner rejected that, insisting the House has already done its job. He said Senate Democrats are at fault for blocking a House-passed bill that funds the department through the remainder of the budget year while also overturning Obama's policies limiting deportations for millions here illegally.

Democrats oppose the immigration language.