House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Feb. 13, 2015.(AP/J. Scott Applewhite)
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John Boehner, the Republican U.S. House of Representatives speaker, said he was willing to let funding for the Department of Homeland Security lapse as part of a Republican push to roll back President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration.With a Feb. 27 deadline looming for funding the department, Senate Democrats three times this month blocked consideration of the Homeland Security appropriations bill, which has already been approved by the House.The Republican legislation passed by the House put Senate Republicans in a tough position because not only do they lack the votes to prevent Obama's fellow Democrats from using procedural hurdles to block the bill but also some Republican senators have expressed misgivings about tying Homeland Security funding to the immigration issue.
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