Taking a stand against Barack Obama’s executive order is a Republican pretense.
We’ve mentioned several times on this blog the need for Congress to do something about the President’s lawlessness. One option would be to impeach him.
But in light of Barack Obama’s executive order (which has not yet been delivered at the time that I am writing this post on my laptop), it is important to remember there is another way that Congress can struggle against the President. They could defund the executive order. They could disallow any public funds to be used to carry out the executive order.
The GOP has already released a pre-emptive strike on that idea. According to the House Appropriations Committee spokesman, speaking to The Hill:
It would be “impossible to defund President Obama’s executive order through a government spending bill, House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing said Thursday.
Congress doesn’t provide funding to U.S. Citizenship and Immgiration Services (CIS), the agency responsible for issuing work permits and green cards. Instead, the agency is funded through fees.
“We cannot, literally cannot, defund that agency in an appropriations bill because we don’t appropriate that agency. That agency is entirely-fee funded,” Hing told reporters.
“As of right now, our understanding is the primary agency responsible for implementing any type of executive order is CIS and we don’t fund CIS. There are no appropriated dollars,” she added.
According to Sean Davis at The Federalist website, “Republicans Can Defund Obama’s Executive Order, They Just Don’t Want To.”
He responds to the claim that “there are not appropriated dollars”:
That is absolute nonsense. The notion that Congress can turn on a money spigot but is banned from turning it off is nonsense. And the worst part is that it’s willful nonsense. There is simply no law whatsoever that says that the House is only allowed to X and Y but not Z on an appropriations bill.
Davis argues that the Republicans are intentionally pretending that there is nothing they can do to stop Barack Obama’s executive order.
Now why would appropriators be so invested in pushing something completely false about the Congressional power of the purse? Easy. They don’t want another defund/shutdown fight. I get that. I understand that a lot of Republicans think the 2013 shutdown seriously hurt the long-term interests of the party. I don’t agree with it, but I understand that concern. But what’s happening right now is that rather than just saying, “We don’t want another defund/shutdown fight,” appropriators are dishonestly pretending that even if they wanted one, it’s impossible. Which is balderdash.
Another possibility for many of the Republicans is that they are the slaves of the Chamber of Commerce and the other big money sources that want amnesty to be passed.
But, whatever the reason, this is not merely usurpation by Barack Obama, it is a betrayal and a fraud by Republicans in Congress.