Don’t Blink on Fight to Stop Obama’s Executive Amnesty
To: Interested Parties
From: Heritage Action for America
Date: February 11, 2015
Subject: Don’t Blink on Fight to Stop Obama’s Executive Amnesty
Three times this month, Senate Democrats filibustered the motion to proceed to the House-passed Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill (H.R. 240). It has been an impressive display of unity by the Democrats considering at least seven expressed concern over President Obama’s wideranging executive amnesty. With just 17 days before DHS funding expires, House and Senate Republicans must deliver a single, unified message:
President Obama and Senate Democrats are willing to deny border patrol agents their paychecks to ensure illegal immigrants get Social Security numbers.
Inexplicably, the ability to deliver such a message has been diluted because Republicans allowed Senate Democrats to hijack the legislative process and President Obama to exercise a de facto veto over congressional action.
Senate Democrats had their obstructionism validated on Tuesday when Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters the Senate was “stuck” and “the next step is obviously up to the House.” By refusing to participate in the process at crucial junctures, Senate Democrats are trying to leverage their minority status to exert control over the debate and dictate policy outcomes in the Republican-controlled Congress. Allowing these obstructionist tactics to succeed will reduce the role Senate Republicans play in future debates as it allows the minority in one chamber to dictate terms to both.