The situation surrounding House Speaker John Boehner's plan to fully fund Pres. Obama's executive amnesty is getting dicey!
Reports on Wednesday indicated that Boehner would turn to House Democrats to pass two spending bills -- one that funds most of the government through September of 2015 and one that funds the Department of Homeland Security through the early part of 2015 -- should he lose more Republican votes than he can afford.
But House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi met with her caucus on Thursday and strongly urged them not to commit to Boehner. She told them that by offering support before seeing the final bills, Democrats give up what little leverage they have over the bills' details.
Pelosi's hardline, combined with a growing number of Republicans coming out against Boehner's plan to fund Obama's amnesty, may force him to choose sides -- either Republicans who want to defund Obama's amnesty or Democrats who want more of their own policy goals included in the spending bills.
As radio talk show host, Mark Levin, put it: "Will Republicans fund Obama's fundamental transformation of America?" Or will they uphold their campaign promises and do everything they can to stop Obama?
The constant barrage of phone calls from our activists over the last several weeks has truly made an impact. We still have more work to do, but the fact that Boehner is thinking about turning to Democrats means that a lot of Republicans are threatening 'no' votes on the bills. Those lawmakers wouldn't be bucking leadership if it weren't for the pressure from their constituents.
Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) attributed the shifting attitudes among GOP ranks to the tireless activism efforts of NumbersUSA members.
"Right now, it is just snowballing opposition," Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp told The Daily Caller Wednesday.
"Twenty-four hours ago, there was little [opposition] there... [but] more and and more folks are learning the issue and asking 'Why would I be voting for this?'" he said, citing quiet conversations he's had with GOP members. "It is hard to put numbers on it," he said, adding that legislators are responding to their voters' phone calls and complaints.
House Leadership is looking to move fast before too many more Republicans decide to oppose their plan. The House is out of session until Tuesday, and it's likely that Appropriations Committee Chairman, Hal Rogers of Kentucky, will file the 'CRomnibus' spending bills first thing on Tuesday. That could allow the Rules Committee to take up the bill on Tuesday afternoon followed by a vote on the House floor on Wednesday afternoon.
We've posted several faxes to your Action Board this week, including a new one telling your three Members of Congress about the lawsuit filed by 17 states that Roy told you about yesterday. Please visit your Action Board, so offices are filled with messages to defund Obama's amnesty when the Members return on Tuesday.
Will McConnell do what he says?
On Thursday night, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) was interviewed by Fox News' Greta Van Susteren. She asked how he would handle a situation where there's deep division between Republicans and Pres. Obama.
"Let me tell what you you do. You pass each bill that funds the government separately and in those bills if you object to bureaucratic regulations of one kind or another, or presidential actions of one kind or another, you literally write in to the spending bill restrictions."
-- Sen. McConnell
Over the next week, Republicans have an opportunity to do exactly what McConnell is calling for and what RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said the Party would do -- defund Obama's amnesty in the spending bills.
When asked yesterday if Republicans would defund Obama's amnesty in early 2015, Boehner wouldn't provide an answer. It appears that, despite what GOP leaders are saying, they're not willing to challenge Pres. Obama on immigration. That's why the time to defund his amnesty must be in next week's spending bills.