THE LATEST ON AMERICA’S “EXECUTIVE AMNESTY” DEBATE …
|| By FITSNEWS || A new poll shows “Republicans” in Congress would bear the blame if a funding deal for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) falls through … although its findings seem at odds with data released less than three weeks ago.
According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 53 percent of respondents say the GOP would bear responsibility in the event a DHS deal isn’t cut – while only 30 percent would blame the administration of Barack Obama. Meanwhile 13 percent would blame both sides equally.
Sound familiar? It should … this is the same poll that pops up every time a government program is on the chopping block. And it always shows the same result.
The U.S. House voted last month to defund the executive amnesty provisions of the DHS budget – which is set to expire on February 28 (the agency was excluded from the broader “budget betrayal” approved last December by a lame duck Congress).
But is the GOP really reaping a whirlwind?
No. For starters, the latest CNN/ORC numbers don’t mesh with a late January study from Paragon Insights. According to that survey, 58 percent of registered voters opposed Obama’s executive amnesty – while 53 percent supported efforts to defund it.
Support for defunding Obama’s amnesty is especially high among GOP voters – with 81 percent backing congressional efforts to strip it from the budget.
Conservatives? They are even more adamant on the issue … as they should be.
That means lawmakers can (and should) be similarly adamant … knowing they have the full backing of not only their party, but its most motivated backers.
As we’ve said from the beginning of this debate, we don’t necessarily disagree with some of what Obama is attempting to do via his orders. But whatever one thinks of the substance of the proposals, presidents simply do not have the authority to arbitrarily change governing statues or create and fund new programs. Those are legislative obligations which fall well outside the scope of executive constitutional responsibility.
“Obama’s latest edicts – no matter what one may think of them – do further damage to the foundations upon which America was built,” we wrote last fall.
Now … will congressional “Republicans” succeed in this effort?
Don’t hold your breath …