Conservatives warn the speaker’s fate could be determined by how he handles the next seven days.
The nearly three dozen boycotters are only a fraction of the 232 Democrats in Congress.
Some 16 of those members voted against Boehner serving another term as Speaker in January.
Their votes come at a steep price for Boehner.
Boehner and the GOP leadership searching for a way to keep DHS from shutting down at midnight.
It looked fairly clear that the House would pass a three-week continuing resolution.
The Republican spent $14,661 in government money for private plane flights between October and December.
The lawmaker continues to face scrutiny about his spending and whether he accepted improper gifts.
It’s not clear when a vote on the bill will take place.
The last-minute move comes after House Republicans dealt a humiliating defeat to John Boehner.