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Conservatives Ready Strategy to Defund Obama's Amnesty Move

By    |   Monday, 01 December 2014 05:53 PM

Conservative "border hawks" have begun circulating draft legislation to block President Barack Obama's executive action to limit deportations and provide work permits and Social Security cards to some undocumented immigrants, new reports say.

The Washington Examiner reports that the plan under review would fund the government for a limited time, in the form of a continuing resolution, so a new Republican Senate majority in January could work with the House GOP majority to defund Obama's actions in a long-term spending bill.

"Conservatives want a short-term CR with a policy rider that defunds the president's executive amnesty," a top conservative GOP aide told the Examiner.

"The idea would be to pass something like that ASAP out of the House, send it to the Senate for a vote, and force Senate Democrats to take a position on the president's executive amnesty."

Other options conservatives have brought up include suing the president or censuring him, the National Journal reports.

"I think we ought to use every weapon in our arsenal to stop the president's illegal conduct and protect American workers from job losses and wage suppression caused by the president's illegal actions," Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks told the National Journal.

Brooks said he's also been in communication with his home-state senator and "border hawk" Jeff Sessions, along with Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who's called on Republicans to block some of Obama's nominations until he rescinds his executive order.

Republican leaders have been meeting to decide how to move forward with a government funding bill that expires Dec. 11 without ending up in a showdown with Democrats or the president. Some strategists warn a government shutdown would likely be blamed on the GOP by angry U.S. voters.

Republican appropriators in the House said last month that they could not stop Obama from spending money on his new deportation policy because the matter is handled by an agency funded entirely by fees, not Congress.

But some conservatives are pushing for a way around that – by adding language that blocks the use of fees to carry out the executive order, the Washington Examiner reports.

According to the Examiner, the conservatives' draft legislation would stipulate "no part of any appropriation contained in this or any other act, including funds or fees collected or otherwise made available for expenditure, may be used by any agency to implement, administer, enforce or carry out" the president's Nov. 20 order.

The New York Times, meanwhile, reports there's a "hybrid solution" under consideration.

A plan being reviewed from conservative Georgia Republican Rep. Tom Price would combine a broad-based spending bill to keep the government funded through September 2015, along with a stopgap spending measure to pay for operations of the Department of Homeland Security, the agency with primary responsibility for carrying out the executive immigration order, The Times reports.

That plan will be discussed when House Republicans gather Tuesday in a closed-door meeting, The Times says.

Still another group of House Republicans, including Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, are working on their own immigration legislation, The Times reports.

Their proposal would most likely start with border security measures but also address other issues, including the illegal immigrants already in the country, The Times reports.

South Carolina Rep. Mick Mulvaney told The Times that Republicans are probably going to settle on some version of Price's plan, but need to send a message.

"I think it's important that we do something, but we recognize that our options are limited given the fact that the Senate wont turn over until after January," Mulvaney told The Times.

"Folks understand we won't fix it now, but they won't understand if we don't send a message to the president that we don't agree with what we did."

The National Journal notes that before the full Republican Conference huddles with House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday morning, members of the Congressional Border Security Caucus plan a meeting of their own.

A spokesman for Texas Republican Rep. Lamar Smith told the National Journal there are more than 90 members in the border-hawk group.

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