House Throws Down First Challenge to Obama from New GOP-Controlled Congress
Republicans in the new Congress have apparently heard the will of the American people. Last week, the House of Representatives voted to block spending to support Obama’s executive amnesty initiative. The 236-191 vote came in the form of a spending bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security. The department’s funding is set to end on February 27th.
The House attached a number of amendments to the $40 billion bill aimed at blocking the executive action preventing deportation that the president announced in November as well as rolling back Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
Obama has promised to veto the bill, but it’s fairly likely that he won’t have to, as Senate Republicans are not confident that they can drum up 60 votes to overcome a likely Democrat filibuster.
Republicans pointed out that their votes in favor of the bill were aimed at undercutting what they described as Obama’s unconstitutional executive overreach, and not at immigration policy per se.
“This executive overreach is an affront to the rule of law and to the Constitution itself,” House Speaker John Boehner said, according to Yahoo News.
If the Congress does not reach a mutually agreeable resolution, it is not just the amnesty program that will lose funding. Money will also run out for some counterterrorism and border security programs, as well. Republicans, of course, want to see both those areas strengthened by the new Congress.