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House passes bill defunding Obama’s amnesty for illegals

Conn Carroll reports for Townhall that yesterday, Jan. 14, 2015, the GOP-dominated House of Representatives passed a Department of Homeland Security spending bill that effectively defunds Obama’s November 2014 executive amnesty program.

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho)

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) said after the vote, “The House defended its constitutional authority to make the law of the land in today’s vote to oppose President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions on immigration. I am hopeful the Senate will do its job and reassert the duty of Congress to make immigration law.”

Rep. Rob Aderholt (R-Alabama)

Rep. Rob Aderholt (R-Alabama)

An amendment offered by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) forbidding DHS from spending any money implementing Obama’s Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program passed 237 to 190. The amendment specified that the spending restrictions applied to fees collected by the agency and applied to four other memos written prior to November 20.

The Aderholt amendment did not, however, touch Obama’s June 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. A group of conservative members, led by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), struck a deal with Aderholt not to include the DACA program in his amendment. These conservatives felt that including DACA would be a distraction from DAPA and would make it easier for Democrats to attack Republicans for wanting to deport children.

Note: What the Obama administration and the MSM call “children” include strapping teens who are criminals and gang members. Please see Trail Dust’s post “We need to re-define the term ‘minors’”.

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

A separate amendment, offered by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), did defund Obama’s DACA program. It too passed, but by a substantial smaller 218 to 209 margin.

Neither of these amendments would actually lead to any new deportations, but they would stop the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services office from giving work permits to illegal immigrants.

Pew Research Center estimates that DAPA would legalize 3.9 million illegal immigrants while 1.5 million are eligible for DACA, which means if Obama has his way, amnesty would be given 5.5 million illegal aliens.

Now the funding measure will move to the Senate where it faces an uncertain future. Republicans do have a 54-46 majority in the Senate, but Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Angus King (I-ME), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) have all come out against the Aderholt amendment. It is not clear how Republicans can get to the 60 votes necessary to overcome a Democratic filibuster.

If they don’t Senate Republican leaders may try to narrow the defunding provisions to win over Democratic votes.

But even if they do, the POS in the White House has already said he will veto any bill that defunds his amnesty.


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We Are Screwed: Govt Mandatory Spending Will Exceed All Income in 2011

3 guesses who the dinosaurs are

The GOP campaign promise in 2010 midterm elections was to cut $100 billion from the feral gubmint’s bloated budget, as a way toward decreasing America’s super-gargantuan national debt of more than $14 TRILLION. The Demonrats, of course, are in a screaming-and-hair-pulling fit, opposed to any and all cuts.

House Republicans have passed two stopgap measures that achieve that level of cutting on a temporary basis. In lieu of bipartisan agreement on a longer-term spending plan, a two-week stopgap funding bill passed March 1 cut $4 billion from last year’s spending levels. A three-week extension, passed on Tuesday, cut $6 billion. Multiply those cuts out over an entire year, and House Republicans supposedly will hit their $100 billion mark.

But as Republicans gain ground in the fight over federal spending, a dispute already is simmering within the GOP’s ranks over just how aggressively to confront the White House and the Democratic Senate. A coalition of conservatives and tea partiers — led by Reps. Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Allen West (Fla.), Raul Labrador (Idaho), and Mike Pence (Ind.) — are pushing for more cuts and taking on Obama and the Demonrats, while Speaker John Boehner and GOP leaders are content with what they’ve achieved thus far in the House — achievements that have an uncertain future in a Senate in which Demonrats still have a majority.

Here’s the bad news:

Even if the Republicans, by some miracle, succeed in cutting not just the promised $100 billion, but all discretionary non-essential spending, the federal government’s project revenue income in 2011 will still be less than mandatory spending — required expenditure to which the government is obliged! In other words, we’d still be accumulating more debt!

There are two types of government spending:

  1. Discretionary spending, which accounts for roughly one-third of all Federal spending, includes money for things like the Army, FBI, the Coast Guard, and highway projects. Congress explicitly determines how much to spend (or not spend) on these programs on an annual basis.
  2. Mandatory spending accounts for two-thirds of all government spending. This kind of spending is authorized by permanent laws. It includes entitlements like Social Security, Medicare, and Food Stamps — programs through which individuals receive benefits based on their age, income, or other criteria. Spending levels in these areas are dictated by the number of people who sign up for these benefits, rather than by Congress.

Here’s what Jeffrey H. Anderson discovered, in his “Mandatory Spending to Exceed all Federal Revenues — 50 Years Ahead of Schedule,” Weekly Standard, March 16, 2011:

We have now gotten to the point — as I noted yesterday — where if national defense, interstate highways, national parks, homeland security, and all other discretionary programs somehow became absolutely free, we’d still have a budget deficit. The White House Office of Management and Budget projects that in the current fiscal year (2011), mandatory spending alone will exceed all federal receipts. So even if we didn’t spend a single cent on discretionary programs, we still wouldn’t be able to balance our budget this year — let alone pay off any of the $14 trillion in debt that we have already accumulated.

Simply put: the (Dis)United States of America is broke.

We are so screwed….