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Immigration anger fuels House vote

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Deirdre Walsh
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December 5, 2014
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A week before a possible government shutdown, the House of Representatives spent time on a Republican bill that doesn't fund any federal agencies, and even its supporters admit is already dead on arrival in the Democratic-led Senate.

House Republican leaders are still building support for their spending bill, and are eying a vote next week -- potentially Dec. 11, the same day as the deadline when agencies run out of funds ...

The "Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act" was drafted by Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho. It states that the executive branch of government does not have the authority to stop deportations of certain categories of undocumented workers in the United States. It cleared the House in a 219-197 vote that was almost entirely along party lines ...

Many House conservatives have been pressing Speaker John Boehner to go further in responding to the President's immigration policy, insisting that the House strip away any money in the annual government spending bill so it can prevent the Administration from carrying out its plans.

But Boehner and other GOP leaders don't want to risk another shutdown, after the one last fall inflicted major political damage to the party. Instead Republican leaders argue that a vote on this separate bill puts the House on record, and positions them to fight back against the President's executive orders next year, when the GOP controls both the House and the Senate.

Those hardliners who want to use the spending bill as leverage in the immigration fight say they back anything that disapproves of the President's actions ...​​

CAIRCO Research

H.R. 5759, Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act of 2014
Cost Estimate
December 3, 2014

[...] CBO and JCT expect that spending for the following programs would be reduced if the legislation was enacted:
  • Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). To receive an EITC, an individual must have a valid Social Security number (SSN). Those people affected by the bill would not be able to apply for an SSN and thus would not be eligible to receive the EITC.
  • Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). To receive an ACTC, or refundable child tax credit, a taxpayer must have a certain amount of earned income. As some individuals would reduce their reported employment income, they may qualify for fewer refundable child tax credits.
  • Social Security and Medicare. To collect Social Security and Medicare benefits while in the United States, an individual must be lawfully present. Under the bill those people who would no longer be lawfully present would be ineligible to receive such benefits. Over the 2015-2024 period, relatively few of the people affected by the bill would have reached the eligibility ages for Social Security old-age benefits or for Medicare. Some of the affected people would have become eligible for Social Security disability benefits and for Medicare based on their disability status.
  • Other Federal Benefits. Many of the people who would be affected by the legislation have children who are natural-born U.S. citizens. Those children, like other citizens, are eligible for federal benefits if they meet the relevant eligibility criteria for particular programs. CBO expects that some of those children’s parents who would apply for benefits on their children’s behalf under the President’s deferral actions would opt not to apply for such benefits if H.R. 5759 was enacted because they would fear revealing their own unlawful presence.