The House voted 257-167 to pass a $40 billion “clean” bill funding the Department of Homeland Security through September 30, 2015, putting an end to weeks of partisan fighting and crushing the conservative push to attach language to the bill, which rolls back President Obama’s executive orders on illegal immigration. The bill, which passed in the Senate last month, now goes to the President’s desk for signature. Every house Democrat and seventy-five Republicans voted for the bill. Most Republicans opposed the bill because it did not include the language defunding President Obama’s executive order. The topic was further politicized by the recent terrorist activity, with Democrats blaming Republicans for putting DHS funding at risk during a time of heightened global terrorist activity.
House Speaker John Boehner says that the bill is “the right one for this team, the right one for the country”. Boehner maintains that the court room is the best place for the Republicans to defeat the President’s executive order on illegal amnesty. Boehner is banking on the lawsuit brought by 26 states, which claimed that President Obama’s executive order overstepped the authority of the executive office. The lawsuit has recently gained greater traction when Federal Judge Andrew Hanen of Texas successfully used an injunction to halt the first phase of the amnesty program. Hanen made the case that the amnesty program could not be implemented until the lawsuit had gone through the judicial process, as it would be impossible to undo the amnesty efforts once they were put in effect. Consequently, the Department of Homeland Security was forced to delay their scheduled plans to start accepting applications for deportation delays.
Most conservatives were disappointed with the DHS Funding Bill outcome, and some felt that Boehner had not done enough to win over Democrats. Rep, Matt Salmon (R-Arizona) commented “I believe this is a sad day for America. If we aren’t going to fight now, when are we going to fight?” Many conservatives also blamed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell for backing down on the executive order roll-back. McConnell defended his position by saying that he wanted to open Congress with a fully funded budget. On the other hand, Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, was highly critical of the conservative push to couple DHS funding with the rollback of the executive order, calling it “a path destined to fail”.
While the battle for DHS funding may be over, the battle over President Obama’s illegal use of authority is still to be waged. President Obama needs to be made accountable for overstepping the constitution with his executive order. His action defies the Constitution and puts our national security, economy and quality of life at risk. We have seen President Obama act unilaterally without full authority on many platforms. We have seen this with his defense policy, relations with Cuba, Obamacare etc. And now he may be employing executive order to raise corporate tax. The U.S. at a corporate tax rate of 39.1% already has the highest rate in “the free world”, nations which belong to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). President Obama’s unlawful behavior needs to be checked!
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