Congressional Republican leaders seem hellbent on avoiding a government shutdown over President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but their right flank is agitating for a fight.
Heritage Action put out a statement Friday urging the GOP to block or preempt the actions, expected to protect up to 5 million people from deportation, or else any long-term funding bill that Congress were to pass would simply be “a blank check for amnesty.”
“The conversation in Washington today is disconnected from the message delivered by voters just ten days ago. President Obama’s amnesty policy was on the ballot and it was thoroughly rejected,” Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham said in the statement. “Unless Congress preempts or blocks the President’s promised executive action, a long-term funding bill is little more than a blank check for amnesty.”
Rank-and-file Republicans are already pressuring their leadership to block any funding for Obama’s pledged actions as part of upcoming government spending bills.