Posted on January 7, 2015

House GOP Likely to Try to Nix Obama’s Immigration Action

Jake Sherman and Seugn Min Kim, Politico, January 7, 2015

Speaker John Boehner and the House Republicans are planning to try to choke off President Barack Obama’s immigration executive action next week, according to multiple GOP leadership aides involved in the talks.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) plans to bring up a bill next week to fund the Department of Homeland Security, and embedded in the text will probably be language to limit funding for carrying out Obama’s executive action, which changed the enforcement of immigration laws.

No final decisions have been made, and it’s not clear what language the GOP leadership will use. But Rules Chairman Pete Sessions (R-Texas) said Wednesday that House Republicans are poised to use a measure written by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) that would explicitly bar any funds–even those collected by fees–to be used to carry out Obama’s immigration actions.

Funding for DHS runs through Feb. 27. That Boehner (R-Ohio) and McCarthy are acting this early shows that they want time before the deadline to bring the bill up. Obama, of course, is nearly certain to veto any bill that limits his authority. Republicans are extraordinarily unlikely to let DHS funding lapse at the end of February.