Hey AOW, remember what I was telling you the other day?
(To regular IBA readers: I was telling AOW that I no longer believe the Republican Party has the best interest of the nation in mind, and that they play games to make it look like a number of them oppose the leftward spasms of the country, when in fact they fully support most of Obama's agenda.)
From the Federalist:
President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration hasn’t even been issued yet, and already congressional Republicans are desperately trying to come up with reasons why they’re powerless to do anything about it.
Here’s what the House Appropriations Committee spokesman told The Hill earlier today:
It would be “impossible to defund President Obama’s executive order through a government spending bill, House Appropriations Committee spokeswoman Jennifer Hing said Thursday. Congress doesn’t provide funding to U.S. Citizenship and Immgiration Services (CIS), the agency responsible for issuing work permits and green cards.
Instead, the agency is funded through fees. “We cannot, literally cannot, defund that agency in an appropriations bill because we don’t appropriate that agency. That agency is entirely-fee funded,” Hing told reporters. “
As of right now, our understanding is the primary agency responsible for implementing any type of executive order is CIS and we don’t fund CIS. There are no appropriated dollars,” she added.
That is absolute nonsense. The notion that Congress can turn on a money spigot but is banned from turning it off is nonsense.
And the worst part is that it’s willful nonsense. There is simply no law whatsoever that says that the House is only allowed to X and Y but not Z on an appropriations bill.GO READ THE WHOLE THING.