Sen. Ted Cruz has stepped up to urge his fellow Republicans to mount a tough-line stand against the president's immigration proposal, noting that it could be defunded within a continuing House resolution, The Hill reported
Such a strategy, however, departs from guidance from the House Appropriations Committee, which says attempting to use a rider attached to a funding bill would likely be impossible, The Hill said.
Cruz, who appeared outside the Capitol with other conservative House lawmakers at a press conference Wednesday, disagrees, noting such a maneuver has been done "thousands of times."
He said Congress must fight back and not turn taxpayer money over "to lawless and illegal amnesty," The Hill said.
A spending bill must be passed by Dec. 11 to avoid another government shutdown. House Speaker John Boehner is negotiating and hoping to avoid a clash, yet again, but is bumping up against Cruz, who has rallied conservatives to his side. Their votes would be needed by Boehner to pass any future spending legislation with Democrats in opposition, MSNBC said
Some are questioning Cruz's rationale that some say would divide Republicans, but he has argued that he is doing the will of voters as the GOP swept to victory in midterm elections, CNN reported
, not causing headaches within his own party.
"Republicans campaigned saying 'if you elect us, if you elect a Republican Senate, we will stop President Obama's illegal acts'. These elections were a referendum. The American people overwhelmingly said they do not support a lawless amnesty created by the president. What I'm urging Republicans to do is — do what we said we would do — honor the commitments of the American voters," Cruz told CNN Wednesday.
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