The House just passed a bill that would, should it pass the Senate and survive an almost certain veto, prevent President Obama from using executive authority to grant amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants.
The bill was originally going to be a rider on a government funding bill, but backing down from that almost certain fight, John Boehner decided to bring the bill to a vote separately, because he’s ready go home and get started on his Christmas Mystic Tan, and you all are just getting really annoying.
The House of Representatives issued another largely symbolic rebuke to President Barack Obama’s agenda Thursday, voting to roll back his immigration executive order that could help up to 4.1 million people avoid deportation. The measure narrowly passed with a vote of 219 to 197.
Seven Republicans from districts with large number of Latinos voted against it while three Democrats from more red districts supported the measure.
“The president thumbed his nose at the American people with his actions on immigration. The House will make clear today that we are rejecting his unilateral actions,” House Speaker John Boehner said ahead of the vote.
Democratic leaders in the Senate, still in control until a new congress convenes in January, support the president’s executive action and have said they have no intention of bringing the House bill up for a vote.
So we probably won’t have much of a fight over the “Cromnibus” or any ongoing budget considerations, and there will likely be no government shutdown. Those who voted for the measure can now return to their home districts, comfortable in the knowledge that they did all they could to prevent disaster, blaming everything that goes wrong from here on out on Harry Reid. I’m not sure that, in practice, it’s going to work out exactly that way, but everyone can be a little deluded at Christmas.