What Congress ought to be doing, according to NumbersUSA: defunding
With a questionable use of executive authority, Pres. Obama has announced that he is expanding his 2012 DACA directive to grant amnesty and work permits to an estimated 5 million illegal aliens. Additionally, his action will help foreign tech workers live and work in the United States.This action has come under heavy fire from Democrats and Republicans alike. Newly re-elected Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire said she "would not support a piecemeal approach issued by executive order." The President, himself, on more than 20 occasions has said he doesn't have the authority to expand DACA. What changed?You have the power to stop this unlawful action by using Congress' power of the purse. I strongly urge you to defund the President's action through the normal budgetary process.
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That's from NumbersUSA's latest fax-to-Congress alert
, lots of useful talking point if you are calling your Congressman. (And if you are, you should be calling today:they're voting on a combined Continuing Resolution/Omnibus bill
that they're calling the CROmnibus
.)Here's what Congress is actually
doing, according to NumbersUSA:
House passes meaningless Yoho billThe House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday offered by Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) that would prevent the executive branch from exempting classes of illegal aliens from deportation. The bill passed, 219-to-197, mostly along party lines, but several Republicans voted against the bill or neither for nor against the bill. The vote was a meaningless symbolic vote pushed by House GOP Leaders in an attempt to appease anti-amnesty Republicans.[More]
NumbersUSA "choose not to grade" the vote for this stupid bill, because it's meaningless. It's apparently intended to give GOP Congressmen who fail to defund Executive Amnesty something to show their constituents—"Look, I voted to condemn the President." It reminds me of GOP proposals to censure Bill Clinton in the 90s, as a cheap substitute for impeachment, which Pat Buchanan condemned
at the time.
NumbersUSA is right—if GOP Congressmen can't manage to impeach Obama, they ought to at least vote not to fund
his impeachable offense.