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Wednesday, December 03, 2014

House G.O.P. May Cast Symbolic Vote on Immigration

New York Times
By Ashley Parker
December 2, 2014

House Republicans on Tuesday emerged from a closed-door meeting determined to avoid a government shutdown.
The lawmakers began coalescing around a plan that would allow a symbolic vote to show their frustration with President Obama’s executive action on immigration, before funding the government ahead of a Dec. 11 deadline. The proposal, presented by Speaker John A. Boehner, first calls for House Republicans to vote on a resolution proposed by Representative Ted Yoho, Republican of Florida, that says that the president does not have the power to take the executive action he took last month.
The resolution, however, would largely be a way for House Republicans to express their displeasure with the president’s immigration action. Mr. Yoho said that his measure could be largely “symbolic” if Senate Democrats do not take up his resolution — something they are unlikely to do.
A vote is expected as early as Thursday, said a Republican leadership aide. Then, House Republicans would vote next week on what has become known as a “cromnibus” bill to fund the government. The legislation would fund almost all of the government through September 2015, but use a short-term measure known as a continuing resolution to fund the Department of Homeland Security, the agency primarily responsible for overseeing the administration’s immigration policy, into early next year.
At that point, Republicans will control both chambers of Congress, and they believe that they will have more leverage in negotiations with Mr. Obama.
A complicating factor, however, is that the primary agency responsible for carrying out the president’s executive action is United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, which is financed entirely through fees collected from immigration applications and therefore cannot be defunded in the appropriations process.
Republicans seemed to acknowledge that there was little they could do to stop the president, no matter how loudly they protest. Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, said that short of going to court — which is still an option that Republicans are considering — there was not much they could do.
“We are not going to shut down the government again,” he said. “There is no doubt we are in a box, in a tough position here.”
The vote on the budget will be a major test for Mr. Boehner and his new leadership team. Some conservatives will most likely vote against it because they believe it does not go far enough. The speaker and his allies have been working to ensure that the budget can pass — a vote that would show he is able to manage and lead the far-right end of his conference.
Many of the more conservative House members have been pushing for a more antagonistic response to the president, like a censure vote. But Republicans said Tuesday that that would not happen.
“He just asked that everybody act responsibly,” said Representative John L. Mica of Florida, describing what the speaker had told his members.

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