The House began two hours of debate on a bill Tuesday to fund the Department of Homeland Security through September that Republicans are using as a vehicle to defund President Obama's executive action on immigration.
An hour's worth of debate on five amendments will commence Wednesday morning. Votes on amendments and final passage are expected no later than noon.
One of the most controversial amendments would defund President Obama's November action to delay deportations of up to five million undocumented immigrants. Another would roll back a 2012 order to allow immigrants who came to the U.S. as children to apply for work permits and avoid deportation under the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program.
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, warned that the legislation wouldn't be able to pass in the Senate.
"We all know the outcome of this very dangerous game. The legislation in this form will not be enacted," Lowey said.
Lowey accused Republicans of tempting another government shutdown despite bipartisan compromises for the underlying spending bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
"It's taken less than two weeks for the Republican Congress to prove that it cannot govern responsibly," Lowey said.
But Republicans said the legislation was an opportunity to limit what they view as executive overreach from President Obama.
"The Constitution is not a mere suggestion whether the other sides likes it or not. And that's just the way it is," said Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas).
Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) said the two-day debate would be remembered as "two of the saddest days in this House."
Let's hope they have the stomach for this fight beyond just talking about it. I have my doubts
The repubs will give in like they always have. The have no balls to do the job they were elected to do.
Breitbart just reported that this was a RUSE! To make us think they are doing the work for the people. That Boehner is drawing up separate bills for immigration reform for obama to introduce after obama vetos the bill Be on the lookout for this sham I'm calling and letting them know we know and warning the good guys in the senate if there are any
jose serrano another illegal alien in da house huh......Freekin libs..
Any area they gain in stopping Obama and his shredding of the Constitution is worth it. He is out of control. His time is short and this destruction is mammoth and must continue. So go ahead but never give up.
We need to start a PAC that will target Democratic Senators who stands on not just this issue but Keystone and any of the other bills that benefit America.
What we need is a court and a few lawyers to try and find guilty all that
Has voted against the constitutiin in the past 50 years,including those in office now!!
Everyone knows the immigration system is broken. How do you repair this ailing system? Enforce the law. Immigration system fixed. Next problem ..
DAILY FLOOR WRAP UP
January 14, 2015
SUMMARY OF LEGISLATIVE BUSINESS
Aderholt (R-AL), Mulvaney (R-SC), Barletta (R-PA) – Amendment No. 1 – Prevents any funds from whatever source to be used to carry-out (1) the Executive actions announced on November 20, 2014 to grant deferred action to certain unlawful aliens and for other purposes, and (2) four of the “Morton Memos” on prosecutorial discretion and immigration enforcement priorities issued in 2011 and 2012 that effectively prevent certain classes of unlawful aliens from being removed from the country. 2) Declares that no funds may be used to carry-out any substantially similar policies to those defunded. 3) Declares that the policies defunded and any substantially similar policies have no statutory or constitutional basis and therefore no legal effect. 4) Provides that no funds may be used to grant any Federal benefit to any alien as a result of the policies defunded. – ADOPTED 237 – 190
Blackburn (R-TN) – Amendment No. 2 – Provides that no funds, including fees, may be used by the Department of Homeland Security to consider new, renewal or previously denied DACA applications. – ADOPTED 218 – 209
DeSantis (R-FL), Roby (R-AL) – Amendment No. 3 – Ensures that aliens convicted of sex offenses and domestic violence are top priorities for removal by DHS. – ADOPTED 278 – 149
Salmon, (R-AZ), Thompson, Glenn (R-PA) – Amendment No. 4 – Expresses a sense of Congress that the Executive Branch should not pursue policies that disadvantage the hiring of U.S. citizens and those lawfully present in the United States by making it economically advantageous to hire workers who came to the country illegally. – ADOPTED 253 – 171
Schock (R-IL) – Amendment No. 5 – Sense of Congress that the Administration should stop putting the interest of immigrants who worked within the legal framework to come to the US behind those who came here illegally. –ADOPTED 260 – 167
Democrat Motion to Recommit – FAILED 184 – 244
Democrat Motion to Recommit – FAILED 183 – 242
Final Passage of H.R. 37 — "To make technical corrections to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, to enhance the ability of small and emerging growth companies to access capital through public and private markets, to reduce regulatory burdens, and for other purposes." – PASSED 271 – 154
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