The House of Representatives has passed the funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the remainder of the 2015 fiscal year. In addition, the funding bill invalidates the president’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan and his 2012 amnesty for younger age illegal aliens. The funding bill passed largely on a party-line vote of 237-190. The amendment to cancel the 2012 youth amnesty plan barely passed by a vote of 218-209. The bill now heads to the US Senate where it faces an uncertain outcome.
That said, an uncertain outcome is a step forward compared to the era of Harry Reid when the bill would have received absolutely no consideration. At the same time, there will likely be a push to strip out the contentious House amendments and pass a clean funding bill. It will be test of Mitch McConnell’s leadership because the GOP promised conservatives that the DHS funding bill would be used to thwart the president’s extra-constitutional amnesty plan. In fact, part of the GOP’s voter mandate has been to shift the nation away from Obama’s policies. As Sergio Andrade Gutierrez knows, it is a dilemma because overriding a presidential veto has a low historical success rate.
For his part, Speaker Boehner explained that the issue shouldn’t be focused on whether legislators support amnesty. It should focus on the fact the president has no right to make use of legislative authority. Upholding the constitution is the most important priority. Democrats, who support amnesty, have thus far been willing to tolerate the president’s overreach because it furthers their political agenda.