Boehner Negotiates Terms of Surrender to King Barack's Executive Amnesty

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3 December 2014
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Republicans in Washington, under the tutelage of House Speaker John Boehner, are planning a full-scale cave to President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, by aiming to fund Obama’s immigration action in full this week.

Boehner on Tuesday pitched colleagues on a plan that utilizes bills from the reliably conservative Reps. Ted Yoho (R-FL) and Tom Price (R-GA), but ultimately fully funds Obama’s executive amnesty until at least March—and then will likely do so at that point in time as well.

The government funding portion would keep most of the government open until September 2015 but would only supply monies to the Department of Homeland Security until March, Politico’s John Bresnahan and Jake Sherman note in a Tuesday piece.

Current government funding runs out on Dec. 11, so to avoid a government shutdown before Christmas, Congress has to do something soon. But conservative-movement leaders say the forthcoming plan from Boehner and the other members of GOP leadership (including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise) using Yoho and Price is a phony, toothless battle.

“A House vote on the Yoho bill would be purely symbolic, since it has no chance of being brought up in the Senate,” Rosemary Jenks, NumbersUSA’s director of government relations, told Breitbart News. “Americans expect Congress to take effective action to stop Obama's lawless amnesty, not only to protect their jobs and wages, but also to protect the Constitution of the United States. Defunding the amnesty is the only way to stop it.”

Daniel Horowitz, the senior editor of the Conservative Review, added that this plan is a “joke” and Boehner knows it.

"Leadership’s attempt to sugar-coat their failure to address Obama’s amnesty in the CROmnibus, is a toothless, stand-alone bill that will never force the issue, and they know it,” Horowitz said. “Any bill that does not condition the funding for the immigration agencies to a rider defunding Obama’s amnesty is a joke.”

Horowitz added that Boehner’s buddies including House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) have misrepresented this issue to conservatives throughout this process, so no Republican House members should trust him now. Rogers specifically attempted to tell Republicans in Congress—and the American people—that Congress can’t block funding for Obama’s executive amnesty using the appropriations process, something the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) thoroughly refuted last week. ...

Because CRS explicitly laid out how Congress can stop Obama’s executive amnesty by blocking its funding, Horowitz said that any member who votes for this Yoho-Price plan is “complicit” in Obama’s amnesty.

"Any conservative who falls for this ploy is just as complicit in Obama’s amnesty as John Boehner and leadership,” Horowitz said.

Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton agrees that any member who votes for Obama’s amnesty funding is complicit:

...Approving tax money for illegal amnesty and Obama’s abuse of power while saying you’re against it sounds like a Gruber talking point. That the idea of funding Obama’s amnesty is even being broached makes Republican fulminations against Obama’s unconstitutional actions seem like a joke. But voters won’t be amused.

Many other conservative leaders are furious that Boehner would go to the mat, as he is doing, to back up Obama’s amnesty with funding.

“Americans recognize a show-vote when they see it, and the Yoho bill does nothing more than say President Obama cannot do what he did last month, last year, and the year before,” Glyn Wright, the executive director of Phyllis Schlafly’s Eagle Forum, said in an email to Breitbart News. “President Obama is the most lawless president this country has ever seen, and he will continue to rule by executive fiat until Congress cuts off his funding.”...

During a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley on which Breitbart News accompanied them the day after Obama’s amnesty announcement, Reps. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and Steve King (R-IA) called on the American people to light up the phone lines in Congress to stop the GOP establishment from passing something like the current GOP leadership Yoho-Price plan.

“Congressman King and I were very concerned for people across the United States about whether anyone was pushing back,” Bachmann told Breitbart News while looking across the Rio Grande river into Mexico. “So that’s why we’re meeting with the Border Patrol but also we want to let the American people know that yes we are pushing back but we can’t do it alone. We need them.”...

from Dec. 1 to Dec. 12, that’s our window of opportunity. I really think we can put the pressure on Republicans to pass a bill to defund.