Illegal Immigration Politics

Conservatives Blast Weak-Kneed Congressional Vote on Obama’s Illegal Executive Amnesty

On Tuesday the House passed a bill that would fully fund the Department of Homeland Security… including President Obama’s illegal Executive Amnesty. It’s a sad day for those of us who love the Constitution and want to see our government act in a lawful manner. For liberals who are apparently happy with the results of this vote – I would remind them that it sets a terrible precedent which they’ll probably come to regret with the next Republican President.

167 Republicans stood their ground and voted NO to the funding bill, but 75 Republicans (RINOs really) bowed their knees to Obama and voted YES along with 182 Democrats.

I’ve gathered some responses from conservative House legislators who voted no – decrying both Obama’s executive action and the GOP’s willingness to go along with the illegal amnesty.

 

Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-OK)

Today, the House passed a bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for the remainder of the fiscal year.  The bill funds President Obama’s unconstitutional executive amnesty.  I voted no.    

Back in January, I voted to fund every constitutional DHS function and program and to defund the executive amnesty.  Senate Democrats blocked the Senate from even debating the House-passed bill.  Senate Democrats also prevented the House and Senate from going to conference and figuring out a way to fund DHS without the President’s executive amnesty.

Ultimately, this outcome was entirely predictable.  The House should have never passed the so-called “Cromnibus” back in the lame duck session in December.  The strategy of passing a $1.1 trillion spending bill, but holding out DHS was never credible.  The President and Senate Democrats always knew the House would capitulate.  Along with other House conservatives, I voted against the Cromnibus.  The federal court system is our last hope to overturn the President’s lawlessness on immigration.  

 

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID)

Rather than stand up for the separation of powers and the rule of law, the House voted to cede its constitutional authority to the executive branch. This isn’t about immigration, it’s about restoring the power of Congress to make law. Today’s vote will embolden this president and future presidents to use executive action when they can’t get what they want from Congress.

Republican leadership relied on Democratic votes to get this bill through, caving to Senate Democrats who refused to let the issue be debated. I was among a group of conservatives who made several offers to leadership to extend the DHS spending bill so the constitutional process of negotiations between the House and Senate could resolve our differences.

Tuesday afternoon, our leadership failed to stand up for the Constitution. Instead they took a deal Congress will live to regret.

 

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)

 

 

Congress—and in particular—the House of Representatives, has the “power of the purse.” Our Constitution gives this power to the legislative branch, NOT to the executive branch.

This means that the President cannot fund his illegal executive actions on immigration unless we—the House of Representatives—let him.

That’s why I spoke on the House Floor today – to urge my colleagues to uphold the Constitution and vote in the best interests of the American people.

 

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA)

I just voted against the Senate-passed legislation that funds the Department of Homeland Security through September 2015 but does not deny funding for President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions. In working to stop the president’s unconstitutional executive amnesty plan, I believe Congress should use every tool, including the power of the purse. While it’s true that the president’s actions are currently blocked by a federal judge, the legal process is far from over and the current decision could be reversed. I voted against the Senate bill because it surrenders the power of the purse for the rest of the fiscal year. But the fight will continue, and I remain committed to finding solutions that keep the government open and shut the president down.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by EagleRising.com


About the author

Onan Coca

Onan is the Editor-in-Chief at Liberty Alliance media group. He's also the managing editor at Eaglerising.com, Constitution.com and the managing partner at iPatriot.com. You can read more of his writing at Eagle Rising.
Onan is a graduate of Liberty University (2003) and earned his M.Ed. at Western Governors University in 2012. Onan lives in Atlanta with his wife and their three wonderful children.

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