The House just voted to pass Representative Ted Yoho’s bill to scold the president for taking executive action on immigration.
A number of conservatives voted against Yoho’s bill because it didn’t go far enough.
According to NBC News’ Luke Russert, Reps. Gohmert and Stutzman voted against the bill “because it doesn’t go far enough.” Seven Republicans, Reps. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Jeff Denham (R-CA), David Valadao (R-CA), Mike Coffman (R-CO) Louis Gohmert (R-TX), and Marlin Stutzman (R-IN) voted no.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) gave his approval for the symbolic vote partly to allow Republicans to express their anger at the president for what they perceived to be an unilateral action on immigration law, Politico reported. Boehner hoped that allowing the vote would make Tea Party lawmakers more amenable to a two-part government spending bill next week that would prevent a government shutdown.
The joke is clearly on John Boehner. Some of the members he sought to appease voted against it just as they will vote against a government funding bill.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) has said he will not bring the Yoho bill up for a vote and, obviously, the president wouldn’t sign it anyway.
This seems like an appropriate time to remind everyone that Ted Yoho was a veterinarian for cows and horses before he was elected to Congress and given the reins of the GOP’s immigration policy. He has absolutely zero prior government experience. He ran for office on a platform of investigating Solyndra.