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Boehner's Choice: Spending Bill That Funds Gov't, Limits Amnesty

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By    |   Tuesday, 02 Dec 2014 10:11 AM

As the Republican Party continues to debate its official response to President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the leadership has developed a two-part plan that House Speaker John Boehner will work to encourage colleagues to rally around, Politico reported.

The first part of the plan on the table would combine a broad-based spending bill to fund the government through September 2015 with a stopgap spending measure to fund immigration enforcement agencies for a shorter term.

Republican leaders are also pushing for a measure introduced by Florida Rep. Ted Yoho that states that the executive branch cannot exempt "by executive order, regulation, or any other means, categories of persons unlawfully present in the United States from removal under the immigration laws."

The bill is expected to get widespread support within the GOP conference, though the Senate is unlikely to take-up the measure, Politico reported.

Nevertheless, the leadership's hope is that conservatives will be placated enough by the strong language of protest that they are willing to sign on to the funding deal.

The leadership on Tuesday is convening with rank-and-file Republicans to discuss the strategy.

Boehner's attempt to sell the plan will not be easy, particularly given the threats by conservatives to use the spending bill to force a government shutdown. He has already been trying to convince them that the GOP would suffer most politically if it pursued such a course of action.

"Not only is Boehner weighing the desires of his own rambunctious conference, his moves are part of a larger game of three-level chess with power centers on K Street, across Capitol Hill and in the White House competing to move their agenda forward in the next week and a half," Politico said.

Some in the party are still considering other ways forward, for example, a split government funding bill, a short-term bill, measures to prevent Obama from using government-collected fees to implement his policies, and a lawsuit, Politico reported.

The president's decision to announce his immigration plans in advance of budget negotiations is widely being blamed for shaking up the passage of a spending bill that leaders had hoped would go smoothly.

As a result of the new climate and strategy, funding fights will continue into 2015, disrupting the transition for the Republican majority.

In the meantime, K Street is also growing restless and dissatisfied with the possibility of a short-term spending plan and tax deal.

"I think that part of the frustration is that you are talking about immediate economic consequences," Information Technology Industry Council's Andy Halataei told Politico.

"To the degree that a one-year extension really only applies to 2014, it would be much better than Congress just adjourning, but it still doesn't speak to the certainty that we need to plan and to remain competitive in a global marketplace."

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