For John, BLUF: Filibuster? Democrats would do such a thing? Nothing to see here; just move along.
Remember how evil the Filibuster is (or at least was last year, when the evil Senate Republicans were holding up those things that Senator Harry Reid wasn't already holding up). Here is Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds (The Instapundit) on a possible Senate Democrat Filibuster.
SO THIS MAKES THEM HOSTAGE-TAKERS AND TERRORISTS, RIGHT? Dick Durbin: Senate Democrats will block House DHS bill. If the Dems block it, McConnell can always go nuclear on them. Because the filibuster is evil, and so are other techniques that thwart the Senate majority. We learned that last year . . .What goes around comes around.
DHS is the Department of Homeland Security, which still doesn't have a full Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget.
Regarding DHS, there is more to the issue than just the question of immigration management. There is the question of President Obama's Administrative Memoranda regarding illegal immigrants. There is TSA (Transportation Security Agency) and its cost vs its effectiveness, and the question of its intrusions on Americans and their freedoms. There is the effectiveness of the US Secret Service, which was ripped from Treasury in 2003 as DHS was being created.
Maybe DHS should just go away, with its parts redistributed. On the other hand, as Alexander King used to point out, painting the curbs yellow was effective because it kept the elephants out of the city streets.
Hat tip to the Instapundit.
Regards — Cliff