Rescission Bill: A Blank Check for Amnesty
The “newest gambit” in the inevitable amnesty showdown is something called a Rescission Bill. Yesterday, Rep. Hal Rogers, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, floated the idea to his colleagues:
“Chairman Rogers just got up and said if we pass an omnibus and then the president does this executive amnesty, he said we can rescind it, and we can rescind it with 218 and 51 and we don’t need the president.”
Small problem: it isn’t true.
As the Congressional Research Service (CRS) notes, “As budget authority providing the funding must be enacted into law, so too a rescission cancelling the budget authority must be enacted into law.” Any rescission bill must be signed by President Obama, or 291 House members and 67 Senators must override his veto. In other words, a rescission bill is no different than any other stand-alone bill Congress could pass that involves no special leverage or expedited process.
Heritage Action welcomes creative thinking from congressional Republicans so long as creativity is not a synonym for inaction or delay. Clearly the promise of a future rescission bill is nothing more than a blank check for Obama’s executive amnesty.
UPDATE via National Review: “An Appropriations Committee aide acknowledged that Obama would sign the kind of bill Rogers proposes only if Republicans attached it to another ‘presidential priority.'”