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Call Congress Tell Them An Omnibus Spending Bill Equals Obama Amnesty


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To most Americans whether Congress passes an Omnibus spending bill, a short term Continuing Resolution (CR), a long term Continuing Resolution or a an actual budget and appropriations to match is a distinction without a difference – what they want to know is did spending, the deficit and the debt go up or down?
 
But right now those fine distinctions will decide whether the America we know lives or dies.
 
Upon those fine distinctions rests whether Republicans will retain the tools they need to stop Obama’s amnesty or whether they will unilaterally cast aside the exclusive power of the purse the Constitution grants Congress to rein-in a lawless President and allow Obama to embed millions of illegal aliens in our country.
 
As our friend Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies explained in National Review Online, while Congress “cannot stop Obama’s passive abuse of discretion (his exempting the vast majority of illegal aliens from immigration enforcement, for instance), it can use that power to prevent active abuses, like the provision of work permits, Social Security cards, and driver’s licenses to illegal aliens, which would be politically irreversible.” (emphasis ours)
 
This concept of stopping “active abuse” of power is why the message that Republicans must reject a long-term budget deal made in the lame duck is so important.
 
As Krikorian pointed out in his commentary for NRO, Harry Reid will obviously not agree to any funding riders prohibiting Obama from issuing work permits to illegal aliens. Also, the Republican leadership has already said it’s not going to engineer another government shutdown. But in the next Congress, the House could pull out the Homeland Security budget (rather than fold it into an omnibus funding bill for the whole government) and attach the rider just to that, so when Obama vetoes it, only DHS will be subject to a “shutdown.”
 
The reason for the quotation marks is that it won’t be much of a shutdown since law-enforcement components continue to function as “essential personnel,” including the Border Patrol, the Secret Service, the Coast Guard, ICE, and the TSA. In fact, the chief component of DHS that actually would be idled by a budget battle would be US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the very bureau that would have to implement Obama’s lawless amnesty.
 
This creates a Catch 22 for Obama, if only the GOP has the wit to exploit it, noted Krikorian. If Obama signs a DHS budget with the rider prohibiting his amnesty, then it doesn’t happen (though he would still be able to implement certain other parts of his lawless plan). But if he vetoes it, the agency that he needs to process the amnesty is furloughed, so the amnesty still doesn’t happen.
 
But all this depends on Congress approving a short-term spending bill (a Continuing Resolution or CR) now — one that would keep spending at the current (absurdly high) levels for the next two or three months, so the new GOP-run Congress can have a free hand says Krikorian.
 
If spending were locked in till September 30 (the end of the fiscal year) the opportunity to halt the amnesty will be lost; it would take months to implement the amnesty, so little will have happened by January or February, but once millions of people are legalized, even if it’s ostensibly temporary, it will be impossible as a practical political matter to revoke their work permits, Social Security cards, drivers licenses, etc.
 
Harry Reid or the president could try to kill such a short-term spending bill, but that would be politically difficult if the Republicans propose no changes to current spending, noted Krikorian. What would be their public rationale for shutting down the government?
 
Their only rationale would be that such a plan interferes with Obama’s planned amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, and that, the results of the recent midterm election tell us, is exactly what the voting public wants, so Republicans would be clearly on the winning side of that battle.
 
For now, there’s only one thing that conservatives who worked to give the Republican Party its new majority in Congress need to know: A vote for a long-term spending bill is a vote for amnesty. It’s as simple as that.

Call or write your legislator today (the Capitol switchboard is 1-866-220-0044) tell Capitol Hill Republicans that you voted for them to stand tall and fight the Obama – Reid plan to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens and that you future support of the Republican Party will stand or fall on their opposition to granting amnesty to illegal aliens.

Read Mark Krikorian's article in National Review Online here

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