Sensing that he was going to lose his stand-off with the President over full funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), House Speaker Boehner used the hoopla over the Netanyahu speech today to provide him a bit of political cover. Aware that the country would not tolerate another Government shutdown–and if there were one the Republican Party would be blamed for it—shortly after Netanyahu’s speech the Speaker brought up for a vote the clean DHS funding bill. This bill already passed by the Republican Senate without rollbacks of the President’s executive orders on immigration reform quickly passed the House and was ready to be sent to the President to be signed into law.
Boehner assumed that with the extensive coverage of the Netanyahu speech, the Speaker could avoid a bit of the public embarrassment that his perceived cave-in to the President produced. It was the least that Bibi could do to reciprocate to Boehner for the invitation and opportunity that he had given to him to address the congressional joint session.