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Dan Pfeiffer: Obama Will Veto Bill Limiting Executive Amnesty Plan

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Dec 2014 08:45 PM

President Obama will block 2015 funding for the Department of Homeland Security if Republicans include spending curbs on the president’s executive amnesty, says senior Obama aide Dan Pfeiffer.

In a Dec. 29 interview with the Huffington Post, Pfeiffer said Obama would not sign a 2015 spending bill that would include limits on spending for the president's executive amnesty efforts.

Pfeiffer said Obama would veto such a bill and "used the Huffington Post’s softball interview to prod the GOP leadership toward backing away from a fight over amnesty," according to the Daily Caller.

"I think the Republicans know they have little to no leverage," Pfeiffer said. "Are they going to shut down the Department of Homeland Security to undo our executive action? I don’t think they are going to do that."

He added that "it is possible that insanity will prevail upon the House Republican caucus as it did last October during the [2013] shutdown."

Under normal circumstances, the fact that Congress provided only two months of funding for the Homeland Security Department would enable the GOP led Congress to approve a spending bill that would block amnesty spending from February through October. But there are a number of reasons why this is unlikely to happen, the Daily Caller contends.

First, "the agency within the Department of Homeland Security that will actually hand out the work permits doesn’t rely on congressional funds," the website says. "It uses fees from legal immigrants to fund its operations — and Obama plans to use fees from illegal immigrants to fund the amnesty during 2015."

Second, "even if the GOP leadership or Obama blocks appropriations funding for DHS, most of its employees are law enforcement officials who are exempt from government shutdowns. That means DHS border guards and customs officials will keep working, even if Congress and the White House can’t agree on a funding bill." That legal anomaly will reduce pressure on both sides "to agree on a funding bill."

Third, "and most importantly, there’s little evidence that the GOP leadership wants to defund the amnesty," the Daily Caller argues. Among the examples it cites of Republican disinterest are comments from Rep. Tom Cole — an Oklahoma Republican who is a close ally of House Speaker John Boehner — that the GOP should make it possible to import more foreign workers into the United States.

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