Moments ago, the Republican-controlled House passed the cromnibus after very aggressive whipping from President Obama
and the White House staff
. Heritage Action key voted against the 1,700+ page bill
because it amounts to a blank check for Obama’s amnesty.
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:
Scorecard: Cromnibus Vote
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.
Next week, the Republican-controlled House is planning to vote on a government spending bill. The so-called cromnibus, as currently described, would not block the implementation of President Obama’s recently announced changes to our nation’s immigration laws. Those changes include granting quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally. Heritage Action will key vote against the bill unless it contains legislative language that stops the implementation of the President’s unlawful amnesty program.
As Heritage Action’s chief executive officer Michael A. Needham said earlier this week, “The fight is now, not next year. Americans expect real action, not a show vote.”
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.
MEMO: Reid has few good options on House-passed bill to block Obama’s amnesty
Opposition to Obama’s Amnesty Grows Among Senate Democrats
At least eight Senate Democrats have expressed opposition to President Obama’s latest executive amnesty, which would grant quasi-legal status, work permits and Social Security numbers to those who are in the country illegally.
Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA): “We are all frustrated with our broken immigration system, but the way forward is not unilateral action by the president.” (“Landrieu splits with Obama on immigration action,” Associated Press, 11/21/14), http://apne.ws/1z957xJ)
Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN): “It is clear the immigration system in this country is broken, and only Congress has the ability to change the law to fix it…I am as frustrated as anyone that Congress is not doing its job, but the president shouldn’t make such significant policy changes on his own.” (“Donnelly sees Obama immigration move as too much,” The Courier-Journal, 11/20/14, http://cjky.it/14T2SW9)
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): “Our immigration system is broken, and I support a comprehensive plan to fix it, but executive orders aren’t the way to do it.” (“Local Lawmakers Oppose Obama’s Immigration Action,” KOLR10 News, 11/20/14, http://bit.ly/1FHJdUy)
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV): “I disagree with the President’s decision to use executive action to make changes to our immigration system, and I disagree with the House’s decision to not even take a vote on the bipartisan Senate legislation that overwhelmingly passed in June 2013.” (“Obama announces immigration plan; WV reps react,” MetroNews, 11/20/14, http://bit.ly/1vbQOcM)
To: Interested Parties
From: Heritage Action for America
Date: December 1, 2014
Subject: Senate has Limited Options in Responding to House-passed Funding Bill (PDF Link
Lawmakers have just ten days to craft a government spending bill and a response to President Obama’s recently announced changes to our nation’s immigration laws. As incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted, the two issues are inextricably connected because “The only tool we have is the power of the purse.”
The Republican-controlled House could — and should — pass a bill that funds the government while blocking the President’s executive actions on immigration. Doing so would not only signal House Republicans are delivering on their election mandate, but also provide an opportunity to the growing number of Senate Democrats publicly opposed to the plan to back up their rhetoric with real action.
Short of accepting the House’s restrictions, outgoing Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is left with three basic choices: block the House-passed bill, pass his own bill or strip the rider from the House-passed bill. With a united Senate Republican Conference and the aforementioned Democratic opposition, Reid’s chances for success are questionable.