Newly energized Republicans show political muscle

Republicanlogo.svgBy Dwight L. Schwab, Jr.

There is a growing movement to block President Obama’s executive order on immigration. The Republicans will have that ability as they take control of the U.S. Senate in January.

A leading critic is Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) who feels that even though the Senate failed to rally behind Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz’s attempt to vote down Obama’s executive order on immigration, Republicans alone should immediately impose limits on the president’s spending.

On Saturday, the Senate approved, by a clear majority, a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government. That was the last chance for the Democrats to take the high ground with a threatened government shutdown with their mainstream media allies with the ill-fated Cruz plan. Lee supported Cruz in his bid to force a vote in the Senate on Obama’s immigration order. The move failed by a wide margin of 74-22.

Lee commented, “In February, the funding for the Department of Homeland Security, which is in charge of implementing and enforcing our immigration laws, including the president’s recent program on this, will run out of funding.” He added, “I do believe, and I do expect, and I think most of our party’s base and membership expects that we will do something meaningful to impose a limitation, a spending limitation, on the president’s ability to implement this program,” the Utah Republican commented Monday on “America’s Newsroom.”

Although the proposed vote failed, Lee felt the effort was still “worth it when you stand behind the American people, who want to make sure that these things are being voted on.” Nevertheless, his opinion was opposed by many of his fellow Republicans.

But the dye is cast for future legislation concerning the amnesty order. Lee commented that the 1,600-plus page budget bill was in actuality made behind closed doors to avoid the Republican’s “signal of their opposition to what the president was doing.” Cruz’s bid to add the amendment enabled Democrats to approve a number of stalled Obama nominees to executive branch positions which was the crux of Republican anger towards the Texas senator.

But Lee added that “not one person will be confirmed as a result of this that would not otherwise have been confirmed.” The skirmish marks the dawn of a new era of Republican congressional control.

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