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Speakership in play? Boehner peering over DHS funding cliff’s edge

John Boehner is facing his toughest week yet as speaker of the House of Representatives -- and that's saying a lot after a tumultuous four years of repeated efforts by his own Republican colleagues to derail his legislative agenda and take away his gavel.

The speaker has five days before a short-term bill that funds the Department of Homeland Security runs out on Friday, though his practical deadline is actually Thursday night, as a bipartisan group of about 100 lawmakers is scheduled to travel to Selma, Alabama, for the 50th anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” march for civil rights.

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Once again, Boehner is facing off with a conservative bloc that refuses to back any bill that doesn’t end President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration.

Close Boehner allies worry that some of these conservatives might use their disagreement with Boehner over DHS as a reason to try to force him out.

The struggle

What’s unclear now is how Boehner gets to that point.

With the Selma march and the Friday night deadline looming, House GOP members will huddle with leaders on Tuesday morning to discuss next steps. Democrats believe the speaker agreed to a deal on Friday to bring up a clean funding bill once they agreed to provide the votes to pass the short term measure last week, something Boehner’s office denies.

Despite the chaos, one thing remains clear: The only way out for Boehner is to agree to the plan Democrats support.

CNN’s Dana Bash contributed to this report.

Source: CNN (4265 Articles)
Written by Deirdre Walsh and Ted Barrett