Starting the new year off with a bang, the House of Representatives, now controlled by the Republican majority, has passed legislation that will defund President Obama’s executive orders to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants in the country.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act funds DHS at $39.7 billion through the end of Fiscal Year 2015 on September 30, 2014, a $400 million increase over Fiscal Year 2014. This increase includes significant additions to border security, immigration enforcement, cyber security, and deterrence funding.
This is the breakdown: $39.7 billion in discretionary funding, $10.7 billion for border protection and $5.96 billion in bolstered immigration and customs enforcement.
Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) spoke on the House floor in favor of the legislation, quoting Obama a total of 22 times in which the President said he did not have the power to grant executive amnesty to illegal immigrants.
“We are dealing with a president who has ignored the people, ignored the Constitution, and even his own past statements,” Boehner said.
The measure passed in a 236-191 vote, with 10 Republicans voting against the bill and two Democrats voting in favor of the bill.
The 10 Republicans who voted against the measure were Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Mike Coffman of Colorado, Carlos Curbelo of Florida, Jeff Denham of California, Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida, Bob Dold of Illinois, Renee Ellmers of North Carolina, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida and David Valadao of California.
The two Democrats who voted in favor of the measure were Reps. Brad Ashford of Nebraska and Collin Peterson of Minnesota.
Additionally, there were amendments included in the piece of legislation that reiterated the separation of powers in the government, concluding that Congress makes laws and passes them, not the President.