MICK MULVANEY AMENDMENT SHOULD BE ADOPTED
By ROBERT ROMANO || “[T]he House will work to keep the government open while keeping our leverage, so that when we have reinforcements in the Senate, we’re in the strongest position to take additional actions to fight the President’s unilateral actions.”
That was House Speaker Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio) on December 4, outlining his conference’s two-part strategy for combating President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty of 4.5 million illegal immigrants with U.S.-born children.
It included only funding those agencies that would be implementing the executive action in the Department of Homeland Security through February 27, presumably so the House and Senate could then defund the action when the 114th Congress convenes.
Now Republican leaders need to keep their word, and go through the motions.
That means there can be no action to either continually fund or authorize the amnesty. Instead, the legislation would have to be an outright prohibition of the action.
On that count, and as for specific language, leaders should consider using the amendment to the omnibus legislation that was offered by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) on December 9.
That measure stated “None of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available, including any funds or fees collected or otherwise made available for expenditure, by this division or any other Act, or otherwise available to the Secretary of Homeland Security, for any fiscal year may be used to implement, administer, carry out, or enforce the policies,” including those from memoranda issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security on November 20, 2014 and memoranda issued by the President on November 21, 2014.
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