The Senate will pass a clean bill funding the Department of Homeland Security Friday morning, roughly 12 hours before the department is set to run out of funding.
Despite conservative groups and blogs blasting Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's "surrender," immigration hardliners in the Senate appeared to wave their own white flags on Thursday, allowing leaders to come to a deal to fund the department before Friday night's shutdown deadline.
With a deal to pass a clean DHS funding bill moving forward some time in the next two weeks no matter what they did, conservatives did not raise any objections to McConnell's strategy during a conference luncheon on Thursday. A four vote series to pass the DHS bill is scheduled to begin at approximately 10 a.m. Friday.
McConnell filed cloture Thursday evening on separate legislation from Sen. Susan Collins that would defund President Obama's executive action. Republicans hope to pass that bill immediately after funding DHS, but Democrats have said they will not consent to moving forward with the Collins measure until after a clean DHS bill has made it to Obama's desk. That disagreement over timing nearly scuttled the DHS agreement Thursday.
Earlier Thursday, over tacos, Republicans discussed their options moving forward and exited the meeting largely optimistic that the DHS bill will clear the Senate by Friday evening, before the department shuts down at midnight that night.