The New York Times reports that House Republicans are planning to vote on a symbolic gesture to scold the president for taking executive action on immigration.
The proposal, presented by Speaker John A. Boehner, first calls for House Republicans to vote on a resolution proposed by Representative Ted Yoho, Republican of Florida, that says that the president does not have the power to take the executive action he took last month.
The resolution, however, would largely be a way for House Republicans to express their displeasure with the president’s immigration action.
Several of the party faithful, including Ted Yoho, were in denial for a period of time and were adamant that they could somehow defund the president’s orders or otherwise prevent the agencies responsible from carrying them out, but they can’t.
Because the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services agency is funded entirely by fees, there is literally nothing the House can do to stop it.
House Republicans still have to pass a bill to keep the government running before December 11th and I would not surprised to see a conservative revolt.
There’s one thing that will not change between this Congress and the next, and that’s Speaker Boehner’s need for Democratic votes to pass anything that the president would actually sign.