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“If Senators are opposed to President Obama’s executive action on immigration, they should vote in favor of Sen. Cruz’s constitutional point of order. A vote against the point of order is a vote in favor of unchecked presidential power and granting work permits and Social Security numbers to people who are in the country illegally.”
While 22 Republican Senators voted to uphold the constitutional point of order, 20 Republican Senators joined with 54 Democrats in voting against the point of order. Three Republicans and one Democrat did not vote.
The sharply divided vote came as a surprise. Though some Republican Senators are pro-amnesty, they have all spoken out against President Obama for overstepping his constitutional authority, including those that voted against the point of order. Their statements, made just three weeks ago, are below.
This morning, the bill’s defeat was seen as likely when the rule to debate the bill passed by just two votes after significant arm-twisting from top Republicans. According to National Review, “House leadership promised to pull the CRomnibus and replace it with a short-term continuing resolution that would push the entire funding debate into next year.”
Pushing the debate into the early next year would have set the stage for a significant fight to stop the President’s unlawful amnesty. Instead, House GOP leaders worked with President Obama to fund his executive amnesty.
Conservative lawmakers are livid, and for good reason.
The Washington Establishment is desperately hoping voters and lawmakers will forget about today’s ugliness, but the deception and shenanigans are different this time. This legislation funds President Obama’s unilateral, unlawful actions, which include granting quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally.
See the House vote on our Scorecard:
Thursday’s House Vote is for Show
House Republicans are planning to give up their only leverage over Barack Obama and Harry Reid. They want to pass a long-term spending bill that doesn’t defund the President’s executive amnesty. Instead, they are planning a show vote today against Obama’s amnesty, and then promising to fight anew next year.
This course of action is unacceptable. If they’re not willing to fight now, experience tells us they won’t ever be.
Additionally, Heritage Action will not score in favor of the bill (H.R. 5759) offered by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Ted YohoHouse Republican Average72% because it is purely symbolic.