The slaughter of 12 people on Wednesday at the offices of a satirical weekly publication in Paris sent shock waves throughout France and the rest of the world.
The vicious attack also left some Republicans in Washington, D.C. questioning a favored GOP approach to blocking President Obama’s executive amnesty order that halts the deportation of millions of illegal immigrants.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, Republican members of the newly constituted Congress now under GOP control have been looking to tie their immigration strategy to Homeland Security funding.
Republicans eager to unravel Mr. Obama’s executive action say they are looking to legislation needed to keep the Department of Homeland Security fully operating beyond Feb. 27, when its current funding expires.
While GOP leaders haven’t settled on their course, lawmakers and aides say they may attach a provision blocking the department, which oversees immigration activities, from using any funds or fees to implement any elements of Mr. Obama’s action.
Now, however, given the renewed attention to potential terrorism that could visit unspeakable horror upon the United States as it just did upon France, that DHS funding strategy may be a no-go — or at least a go-slow — for wary Republicans.
…GOP lawmakers acknowledged the challenges of trying to thwart Mr. Obama’s immigration plan without threatening to undermine national security-funding at a time when terrorist attacks have provoked concern world-wide.
Democrats are fully aware of the GOP’s new concerns over trying to manipulate the Homeland Security budget, possibly opening themselves up to charges of weakening America’s defenses against terrorism.
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As of now, though, House Republicans reportedly plan to move forward next week, just days before the president’s State of the Union address, with some sort of legislative strategy to hold back funding for Obama’s unilateral amnesty action.
A story posted at bloomberg.com notes that there are a handful of approaches being considered:
Among the proposals under consideration is one by Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina to defund Obama’s November executive actions. That measure is backed by Matt Salmon of Arizona, Jim Jordan of Ohio and Ron DeSantis of Florida. Also in the mix is a similar bill introduced by Representative Martha Roby of Alabama.
Representative Steve King of Iowa is seeking a wider approach that is similar to a measure being prepared by Representative Robert Aderholt of Alabama.
h/t: Wall Street Journal