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Rep. Jeff Duncan: Senate's Turn Now to Stop Obama's Amnesty

By    |   Thursday, 29 January 2015 02:08 PM

Now that House Republicans have passed legislation to stop the funding for President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan wants the Senate Republicans to do the same.

"For too long ... we've blamed Harry Reid and the Senate for not being able to get anything done. But now we have the Republican Senate in control, and so we actually need to pass legislation to the president's desk and force him to either veto it or sign it into law," Duncan told hosts J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

"If he signs it into law, at least we'll get Republican legislation done, but America will [also] see the dichotomy between [a] progressive Democratic presidency and governance, and what Republicans can do if we govern," he said.

"That'll help us in 2016."

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The House passed a Department of Homeland Security funding bill earlier this month that provides funding for the department without funding Obama's executive actions on immigration.

The South Carolina lawmaker, who is a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, was joined by 43 other House Republicans on Thursday in a letter he sent to House Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, asking that he allow the House bill to be debated in the Senate. 

Duncan told Newsmax that he asked McConnell that once the Senate finishes voting on the Keystone XL pipeline to "bring the DHS appropriations bill that we passed out of the House.

"Let's show America that we're listening to them, and let's stop the president's executive amnesty," he said.

"That's the next thing on the table for the Senate, and they need to get to work on that next," he said.

"We're the people's House, we heard their voice, and it's important for the Senate to take the next step in this and actually pass a bill to the president's desk," he added.

Duncan tells Newsmax that he expects McConnell will take up the House bill.

"The American people spoke loudly, gave them the control of the Senate, but it's a hard deadline of Feb. 27, and the DHS funding will expire," he said.

"They've got to bring something up. Why not bring up the House bill?

"It's already passed the House, half the hurdle's been done, so bring our House bill up — they can get the number of votes, at least the Republican votes, to pass it," he said. "Now whether they can overcome the 60-vote requirement for cloture is yet to be seen."

House Speaker John Boehner announced Tuesday during a closed-door meeting with fellow congressmen that he is forming plans to file a lawsuit against Obama to stop his executive actions.

However, Duncan tells Newsmax that it's time for Congress to legislate.

"There's a constitutional separation of powers between branches of government, we're supposed to legislate, we're supposed to make law," he said.

"[Obama is] supposed to enforce the law, not try to make law unitarily out of the executive branch," he said.

"This is an important constitutional time in American history, where the legislative branch has got to reassert its authority to make law, to show America that we listened to them," he said. "We don't want to see an imperialistic president try to make law on his own and try to do things without Congress."

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Now that House Republicans have passed legislation to stop the funding for President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, South Carolina Rep. Jeff Duncan tells Newsmax that Senate Republicans need to do the same.
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