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Capital Hill Watch Alert

House to Vote on Omnibus Spending Bill 

The likelihood that Democrat votes will be needed to pass the 2015 omnibus spending bill in the House of Representatives and the Senate is increasing. Speaker of the House John A. Boehner has decided to effectively put off the fight over President Barack Obama's unilateral amnesty plan and fund it in the 2015 spending bill.  His reason for doing this is it will increase the likelihood to pass the measure to prevent a partial government shutdown.   

At a Thursday, December 4, 2015, press conference the Speaker presented a plan that said he supported a spending bill to keep the government running past December 11, 2014, when current funding runs out.  Also, he allowed Republicans to vent over the President's controversial immigration executive action with a largely symbolic bill since the Democrat controlled Senate plans to ignore the bill and President Obama has said he would veto it if passed as an individual measure.   The Executive Amnesty Prevention Act of 2014 (H.R.5759 To view visit: Text of Legislation . ) was passed by the House of Representatives by a 219 to 197 vote (To view how your representative voted visit: 550  ) on Thursday, December 4, 2014.  By passing the bill as an individual measure it bolsters the chances the omnibus spending bill would be passed this week that would fund the government beyond December 11, 2014 when current funding legislation expires. 

Speaker Boehner on Thursday, December 4, 2014, told reporters at a press conference that “We think this is the most practical way to fight the President's action and frankly, we listened to our members, and we listened to some members who were frankly griping the most.” 

However, according to GOP legislators that include U.S. Representative of Kansas Tim Huelskamp and U.S. Representative of Iowa Steve King many GOP legislators oppose Boehner's decision to permit spending for amnesty.   

To reach a 218 vote majority in the House of Representatives the internal GOP opposition to the amnesty is forcing Boehner to ask House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) for votes. On December 4, 2014, Boehner admitted “I expect it will have bipartisan support.” 

A section in the 2015 appropriation budget that offers only 60 days of funding for the immigration agencies that will execute Obama's amnesty is Boehner's token counter.  However, amnesty would not actually be blocked by Boehner's 60 day funding limit. For example, once the 60 day limit is reached the section does not stop agencies from using fees paid by would –be – immigrants. During 2015 Obama's deputies can print and distribute work – permits and Social Security cards for at least 4 million illegal aliens using the money from foreigners.   

Obama's attack on the American worker comes when the American economy is in an economic malaise and an annual influx of 1 million immigrants and 650,00 non – agricultural guest workers that compete for jobs sought by 4 million Americans who turn 18 annually.   Furthermore, since 2000 Americans' wages have remained flat and nearly 20 million Americans are unemployed or underemployed.  And people not in the labor force rose to a new record high of 92.6 million.

Boehner said in previous statements, that during 2015 he would work with the new GOP Senate majority to pass a bill that would block the amnesty. He said, “There are a lot of options on the table, and I'm not going to get into hypotheticals for what we could or couldn't do.” 

Unfortunately, using strong language to denounce Obama's amnesty but not committed to blocking spending on it are some GOP legislators.  Also, many GOP business donors support Obama's amnesty which will cost taxpayers for the next 50 years $40 billion annually. Furthermore, huge majorities of the GOP base and many swing – voters oppose amnesty.  Also, even in Democrat leaning states the President's immigration policies are publicly opposed two – to – one. And Gallup reported the highest priority for GOP voters was not Obamacare or the economy but immigration in the run – up to the November elections. Furthermore, 75 percent of GOP supporters oppose unilateral action by Obama, and 54 percent say illegal migrants “should be required to leave,” indicated a CNN and Quinnipiac poll. And the unilateral action by President Obama was supported by only 20 percent of GOP supporters. 

What Can You Do?    

Urge your representative to NOT SUPPORT    the 2015 omnibus spending bill.   President Barack Obama’s unilateral amnesty is unconstitutional and represents an enormous power grab that should be blocked through the appropriations process.  What Speakers Boehner conveys by his actions is that he and all the GOP representatives that vote for the measure supports Obama’s unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens.

Contact Information:     

Capitol Hill Switchboard Number: 202-224-3121 (This number will direct you to the Capitol Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)

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