A Texas judge’s decision to temporarily halt President Obama’s immigration plan could make it easier for Congress to find a temporary solution to keep Homeland Security funded, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Republicans said they may now have support for a short-term extension to avoid a shutdown at Homeland Security.
The news comes after U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen issued an injunction to temporarily halt Obama’s executive order so that another court could first hear arguments in the case.
“That would open the door to at least the possibility of some kind of short-term funding,” Rep. Luke Messer of Indiana, a member of House Republican leadership, said Tuesday.
“My hope would be that this ruling encourages Senate Democrats to reassess their opposition to allowing debate on the House-passed [Homeland Security funding] bill,” Messer added.
The sentiment was mirrored by Rep. Mick Mulvaney, S-South Carolina.
“If a court issues an injunction, I think it would be appropriate for us to consider the possibility of funding appropriations” while the judicial system considers it, he said.