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.
Read the entire memo.
Saturday night, the Senate voted on a constitutional point of order raised by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) 94%. Heritage Action’s chief executive officer Michael A. Needham explained the vote this way:
“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.
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) 83% because it is purely symbolic.
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