House rebukes Obama over immigration actions, spending fight looms

House Republicans voted Thursday to block President Obama’s immigration executive actions, though it was unclear whether the largely symbolic step would be enough to prevent a risky budget stand-off next week.

The House voted 219-197 for the bill, by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., that declares Obama’s actions “null and void and without legal effect.”

The legislation is part of a three-step plan by House GOP leaders to both address Obama’s immigration maneuvers and approve a new spending bill to avert a partial government shutdown. Next week, the chamber is set to vote on a bill funding most of the government through fiscal 2015, and the Department of Homeland Security through early next year. That would tee up a new fight over funding for Obama’s immigration policies when Republicans control both chambers.

take our poll - story continues below

Who should replace Nikki Haley as our ambassador to the U.N.?

  • Who should replace Nikki Haley as our ambassador to the U.N.?  

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Completing this poll grants you access to Powdered Wig Society updates free of charge. You may opt out at anytime. You also agree to this site's Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Trending: The control freaks at Fascistbook are censoring pro-life conservatives, but doing nothing about pro-abortion groups that post trash like this

However, many conservative lawmakers want to wage that battle now, and use the looming Dec. 11 deadline — when current government funding expires — as leverage to defund the immigration plan.

They worry Yoho’s legislation is an ineffective tool for doing that, as the stand-alone bill approved Thursday stands little chance of passing the Senate. The White House also has issued a veto threat, calling the bill “non-sensical.”

“I’m not happy,” Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., said. He said he’s concerned that if Republicans don’t fight the immigration policy now, it could send the wrong signal ahead of the new Congress.

Read more….