House may vote on bill that would block Obama from expanding executive amnesty for illegals

posted at 11:21 am on July 31, 2014 by Allahpundit

That’s what Ted Cruz wanted and that’s what that huddle last night with House conservatives was all about. It’s silly to hand Obama half a billion dollars to deal with illegal immigrant children at the border without addressing one of the incentives that’s drawing them here to begin with.

Wait a minute, though. Is this really what Cruz wanted?

On Wednesday evening, House GOP leadership was setting up a process that would schedule a Thursday vote on the Republican funding package. If it passes, the House would be required to vote on legislation targeting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has shielded from deportation hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants who have grown up in the United States.

The House GOP language would block President Barack Obama from expanding DACA and prevent him from granting a similar reprieve to other immigrants here illegally. The administration is actively considering executive action on deportations, and a final decision is expected by the end of the summer…

[A]ny measures rolling back DACA will be dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate. When asked for a response to the House GOP decision to add DACA into the mix, Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), replied: “Speaker Cruz is in the house.”

Time is of the essence. The House will leave town Thursday afternoon for a month-long August recess.

In other words, Boehner is using Cruz’s bill as a lure to get House conservatives to vote for his own bill first, as he knows he can’t get to 218 on that one without them. So what’ll probably happen — unless tea partiers balk — is that Boehner’s bill will pass and then we’ll have a tight vote on Cruz’s “limit DACA” bill. Will that one pass too, even though it’s DOA in the Senate, or will a bunch of centrist Republicans peel off and vote no for fear of being seen as “anti-children” or whatever if they vote yes? That’s a tough vote for Republican amnesty fans, but then that’s why Cruz et al. are pushing the bill. If it fails, they can cite it as evidence that the RINOs are still in charge in the House, especially on immigration. If it passes, Cruz has a feather in his cap, having gotten Boehner to add his anti-DACA amendment to the House’s offer to the Senate.

If it passes the House, Cruz’s bill could also be useful as a talking point later when Obama finally expands DACA and issues his mass amnesty for adult illegals. His excuse will be that he had to act on immigration because Congress refused; we didn’t refuse, Boehner could say, we explicitly said that you’re barred from amnestizing any more illegals. Obama will laugh that off as “hatin’” and say that a House bill doesn’t mean anything unless the Senate agrees to it, but having a bill on record demanding that the president avoid taking a certain action does tend to underscore the brazenness of the act when he goes ahead and takes it anyway. The question is, will Boehner make that point if given the opportunity? He’s resisted targeting DACA thus far because he doesn’t want Democrats demagoging him and the House GOP as being anti-Latino; if Cruz’s passes, he’ll probably be more inclined to avoid talking about it altogether than using it to accuse Obama of flouting the will of the House by issuing a new amnesty.

Here’s Mickey Kaus arguing that border hawks are better off if Boehner’s bill fails than if both his and Cruz’s bills pass. The risk that some form of legislative mass amnesty will be smuggled into a conference committee between the House and Senate is simply too great, he says, to justify passing Boehner’s bill when we already know that Cruz’s bill is doomed in the Senate. I’m less worried about that than he is, though; I think Cantor’s loss plus the brewing backlash from the border crisis has made Boehner too nervous to try anything funny so soon before the midterms. Stay tuned, though!

Update: To follow-up on last night’s post, Boehner’s office disputes that his bill is a sellout on the border crisis. They point to a CBO analysis that argue the bill will make it easier to deport illegal immigrant children more quickly and reduce the number who are granted asylum.


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House Republican leadership appears to have delayed vote on their border bill, moves on to debate on highway bill – @NBCNews
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canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 1:53 PM

The Associated Press @AP · 10s

BREAKING: House Republicans abandon vote on border security bill in face of tea party opposition.

https://twitter.com/AP

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 1:58 PM

https://twitter.com/costareports

Robert Costa @costareports · now

BREAKING: House GOP pulls border bill rather than see it defeated http://wapo.st/1m1yMS3
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Robert Costa @costareports · 1m

TED CRUZ, post shutdown, continues to be *the* key player in House GOP politics, with grip over swing tea bloc

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Robert Costa @costareports · 1m

TED CRUZ, post shutdown, continues to *the* key player in House GOP politics, with grip over swing tea bloc

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Robert Costa @costareports · 57s

House GOP lowered bill to $659m from $1.5b, gave tea party DACA vote, and yet Boehner struggles to close deal

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Robert Costa @costareports · 48s

a STUNNING DEFEAT for Boehner-McCarthy-Scalise on their first big vote

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Robert Costa @costareports · 1m

BREAKING: Cruz wins, House pulls border bill, GOP heading into recess without voting on plan

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

You need to force the Dems and RINOs to go on record as being for amnesty.

crankyoldlady on July 31, 2014 at 2:02 PM

crankyoldlady on July 31, 2014 at 2:02 PM

I think so, too, COL. It would be politically prudent.

We need to publicly put the question to them: Do you support the interests of American citizens and legal immigrants or do you support the interests of illegal aliens and foreign nationals?

When Americans saw them answer by their votes it would become very easy to see who needs to be replaced, even for low information voters.

thatsafactjack on July 31, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Costa seems EXTREMELY butt hurt on twitter.

cdog0613 on July 31, 2014 at 2:11 PM

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Boehner needs to wake up to the fact that he is WRONG and the people are really pissed off AT HIM as well as Obama.

dogsoldier on July 31, 2014 at 2:13 PM

The only bill the House should vote on is to cut off funding to Obama to stop his illegal activities and to block his promised dictatorial amnesty.

FloatingRock on July 31, 2014 at 2:15 PM

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Boehner needs to wake up to the fact that he is WRONG and the people are really pissed off AT HIM as well as Obama.

dogsoldier on July 31, 2014 at 2:13 PM

dogsoldier: Correct,…what a SNAFU/FUBAR Boink Up:)

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Sure is.

Have you or anyone heard anything about the VA bill?

dogsoldier on July 31, 2014 at 2:24 PM

Some conservatives however weren’t happy with the supplemental language itself, while others wanted a prohibition on deportation relief to be attached to the supplemental so that it couldn’t just be discarded by the Senate. And still others didn’t want to spend money.

From “Roll Call” “Breaking: House Republicans Can’t Agree On Border Crisis Bill, Won’t Vote”

This is one of the key issues that must be resolved. Like Senator Sessions, I’d prefer to see the restrictive DACA related legislation preventing Obama from executing yet another executive amnesty included in the single bill so that the senate couldn’t simply discard it and/or use the body of the bill to try and advance ‘comprehensive immigration reform’. There were also a number of items in the supplemental that needed to be clarified or resolved, particularly dealing with how and when the illegals would be deported and precisely how enforcement would be executed and how much that would cost over time.

However, doing nothing and allowing the status quo to continue, or allowing Obama to pass that executive amnesty unchallenged, isn’t an option. It’s imperative to get the political class publicly on record on this issue.

thatsafactjack on July 31, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Aaaaaaaaaand it’s not over yet….

Matthew Boyle ‏@mboyle1 1m

So GOP leadership seems to now be trying to pull a fast one and resuscitate the bill! This is not over yet. Wow. Crazy stuff.

cdog0613 on July 31, 2014 at 2:39 PM

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 2:19 PM

Sure is.

Have you or anyone heard anything about the VA bill?

dogsoldier on July 31, 2014 at 2:24 PM

dogsoldier: I heard they passed it:)

http://www.breakingnews.com/item/2014/07/30/house-overwhelmingly-passes-veterans-affairs-refor/

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House overwhelmingly passes Veterans Affairs reform bill to boost healthcare system, eliminate wait times – @deirdrewalshcnn

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House and Senate negotiators approve compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs – @AP
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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., announce Veterans Affairs reform deal that would cost about $15 billion; $10 billion devoted to covering costs of veterans seeking health care outside VA network – @HuffPostPol
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canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Thank you, Canopfor! I couldn’t find any report on Senate passage.

dogsoldier on July 31, 2014 at 2:51 PM

Thank you, Canopfor! I couldn’t find any report on Senate passage.

dogsoldier on July 31, 2014 at 2:51 PM

dogsoldier: Anytime,…..this is where I get most of this stuff, er,..news:)

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 3:15 PM

Charles Krauthammer to claim this is political suicide for republicans in 5..4..3…

xblade on July 31, 2014 at 3:35 PM

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