More troublesome than House Speak John Boehner's pledge to let the Department of Homeland Security shut down at the end of the month because of a lack of funding is the message that it sends to Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Republicans across the nation.
"The House has acted," Boehner told Fox News Sunday. "We've done our job."
McConnell, meanwhile, has had to deal with Senate Democrats who have blocked action on the Senate version of the bill.
In reality, a majority of the work done by Homeland Security will continue even without a funding bill because the employees and the jobs they do are considered essential. CNBC said this week that "about 200,000 of the agency's approximately 230,000 employees would keep working even if Congress fails to fund their agency."
The stumbling block has occurred because Republicans have tried to attach language to stop President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration. The tactic echoes the last time Republicans forced a government shutdown because they wanted to defund the Affordable Care Act.
The threat of a shutdown now, however, goes counter to McConnell's bold pronouncement after Republicans took control of the Senate. "Let me make it clear: There will be no government shutdowns and no default on the national debt," he said.
While default on the national debt isn't part of the equation this time, the shutdown threat is one Republicans have fallen back on frequently as the conservative and mainstream factions of the party continue to fight one another.
In calling for his party to get their act together, Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain summed it up rather well Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press when he said, "The American people didn't give us the majority to have a fight between House and Senate Republicans."
Throughout Obama's presidency Republicans have had to fight Democratic criticism that they are incapable of governing. Gaining the majority in the Senate and controlling the House was supposed to be the turning point, but the party continues to wrestle with its internal divisions that have left it paralyzed in recent years.
By leaving his counterpart in the Senate swinging, Boehner is only deepening the divide while allowing Democrats the opportunity to bring additional attention to Republicans' continuing dysfunction. Republicans need to get their act together, and it starts with Boehner and McConnell working in tandem to push the GOP agenda forward.