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Sen. Levin: Withholding Funds From President 'Traditional'

By    |   Tuesday, 18 Nov 2014 08:22 PM

The White House says congressional Republicans would be attacking irresponsibly if they tried to deny President Barack Obama the money to implement administrative amnesty for millions of illegal immigrants by passing a short-term bill funding the government for a few months instead of a measure funding it for the entire year.

Amnesty foes, led by Sen. Jeff Sessions, incoming chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, oppose a longer-term measure on grounds that it would give the administration the funds it seeks to implement Obama's expected executive orders granting amnesty.

Instead, Sessions and other Republican lawmakers want to pass a short-term measure and then withhold funds for the Homeland Security Department office responsible for carrying out any amnesty orders.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest criticized the idea, calling it "an effort to shut down the government."

But in an interview with National Review Online (NRO), one of the Senate's most senior Democrats, 36-year veteran Carl Levin, sharply disagreed with the Obama administration's position.

Levin, who is retiring from the Senate this year, said Congress has the authority to withhold funding for presidential initiatives.

"It happens all the time," the Michigan Democrat said.

Levin emphasized that in his view there is a distinction between shutting down the government which occurred last fall and was roundly criticized and refusing to appropriate money for something.

It is not uncommon that there are "amendments saying 'none of the funds in this appropriation bill may be spent for' fill in the blank," Levin told NRO.

Levin termed withholding funds for the president's executive orders on immigration a standard congressional procedure and said it "should not be confused with shutting down the government," NRO reported.

"That's not slash and burn," Levin said. "That's not bringing down the government. That's a fairly traditional, targeted approach to make a policy point."

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