To Wimpy GOP: Congress CAN Defund Obama’s Latest Executive Action
There are number of Republicans who do not want to fight Obama on what he did regarding immigration even though some estimates put the cost into the trillions with many illegals getting Social Security and Medicare benefits.
There’s even a report that financial incentives are being given to companies to hire illegals.
None of these facts seem to matter to some Republicans. They are looking for any excuse they can find to lie down and have Obama rub their bellies.
The latest wimpy dog is Rep. Hal Rogers, a Republican from Kentucky. He claimed last week “that Congress could not block funding for Obama’s executive amnesty because the agency that will be printing the work authorization and other documents for illegal aliens—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)—operates primarily on fees it collects rather than from tax revenue collected by the federal government.”
Not so says the Congressional Research Service (CRS):
“In light of Congress’s constitutional power over the purse, the Supreme Court has recognized that ‘Congress may always circumscribe agency discretion to allocate resources by putting restrictions in the operative statutes,’” the CRS, a legislative authority on Capitol Hill, wrote in a report sent to incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). “Where Congress has done so, ‘an agency is not free simply to disregard statutory responsibilities.’ Therefore, if a statute were enacted which prohibited appropriated funds from being used for some specified purposes, then the relevant funds would be unavailable to be obligated or expended for those purposes.”
There you have it. Congress can pull the funding plug if it wants to; but will it?
You have to know that Congressman Hal Rogers sent his crack team of researchers out to find any possible reason why he and many of his fellow Republicans don’t have to challenge President Obama.
Rogers’ instruction to his aids probably went something like this:
“Please find me something, anything that will give me political cover. Any scrap of an excuse will do. I’ve been in Congress since 1981, and I haven’t had to fight for constitutional principles in a long time. I’m too old and settled in my job to pick a fight with the President. Help me!”
When a sitting congressman gets a parkway named after him, replacing Daniel Boone‘s name, you know he’s in Congress for the perks, pork, and legacy.
Rep. Rogers has got to know that any money any government agency spends is by definition a congressional issue, whether it’s called a tax or a “fee.”
Could it be that Rogers has an ulterior (follow the money) reason for not opposing funding President Obama’s Executive Action?
“A defense contractor and top campaign contributor to House Appropriations Committee chairman Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) is in the running to get a contract to print millions of IDs and other government documents associated with the president’s planned executive amnesty, Breitbart News has learned exclusively.”
The CRS concluded that “the funds available to the agency through fee collections would be subject to the same potential restrictions imposed by Congress on the use of its appropriations as any other type of appropriated funds.”
Congressman Rogers will find himself in political hot water in 2016. “‘Some Kentucky Tea Party activists are already talking about a primary challenge to Representative Harold Rogers, chairman of the Appropriations Committee, who has been in office since 1981,’ the New York Times’ Jeremy Peters wrote on Tuesday.”