Video: Lee and Cruz Floor Speeches On CRomnibus: ‘The People Have Spoken’

The overriding theme: The people sent a message a month ago. What the hell are we doing?

Senator Mike Lee of Utah said sadly, “we don’t have the luxury of blaming this latest failure on the outgoing Senate majority. No. This one’s on us. Americans just last month thought they went to the polls and voted for change to stop this kind of thing. Unread, 1000+ page bills filled written in secret, filled with hidden favors for special interests, while funding the lawlessness of an out-of-control president. Americans looking for that change won’t find it in this bill. Rather, they’ll find what the discarded revolutionaries of Animal Farm found at the end of George Orwell’s classic. The creatures outside looked from pig to man and from man to pig and from pig to man again, but already it was too hard to tell which was which.”

Cruz: “the dispute over executive amnesty is not between the President Obama and Republicans in Congress. It is a dispute between President Obama and the American people. In this last election, President Obama said something that was absolutely correct. He said he policies were on the ballot all across this country. The president was right. This election was a referendum on amnesty. The people have spoken loudly.”

MORE via RollCall:

 Things publicly fell apart after, in the intertwined debate on the $1.1 trillion spending bill and other end-of-session business, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, sought to raise a constitutional point of order to knock down the language providing stopgap funding for the Homeland Security Department. That was the one of the 12 annual spending bills left by the wayside in the “cromnibus” package.

The procedural situation wasn’t right for offering such a motion, and Cruz told CQ Roll Call he would try again on Sunday, using a method that’s designed to have a simple majority vote threshold that Cruz says could succeed if Democrats “vote their conscience.”

Unless senators agree to allow a short-term spending bill to pass by unanimous consent, the government would shutdown after midnight Saturday night.

Cruz was joined by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, who blocked a request by Reid to vote Monday at 5 p.m. on the cromnibus funding the government, after Reid refused to allow a vote on an amendment defunding Obama’s temporary executive amnesty. After commotion on the floor, Reid announced that the Senate will convene at noon Saturday, with votes throughout the day and maybe into Sunday morning.

“It’s inconvenient for a lot of people, but I’m sorry, that’s … we’re the Senate and we have to rearrange our schedules for the weekend,” Reid said.

In a floor speech, Cruz said conservatives should “trust but verify” their own leaders when it comes to responding to Obama on immigration.

In a speech that had something for every variety of critic of the more than $1 trillion fiscal 2015 spending package, Cruz criticized a variety of provisions, including one favorable to Blue Cross Blue Shield. He made use of the metaphor of the “Peanuts” character Lucy in pulling the football away from poor Charlie Brown. In this case, he was criticizing Republican leadership for promises delayed.

“I take them at their word,” the conservative firebrand said in his floor speech. “But I would note that a whole lot of citizens across this country feel a little bit like Charlie Brown with Lucy and the football, when fight after fight, leadership in Congress says we’ll fight next time. Not this time … the wise thing to do is to fight in a month, fight in two months, fight in three months. Not now.”

“There comes a point where Charlie Brown has kicked the football and fallen on his rear end one two many times,” Cruz said. “So, when our leaders in both chambers say as a commitment we will fight and we will stop President Obama’s illegal amnesty, I take them at their word. But, I am confident the American people will hold them to their word.”

Via The Right Scoop: 

Ted Cruz took to Facebook to explain his actions:

While the Senate considers the CRomnibus spending bill, all we’ve done was simply request to hold a vote on a measure to stop President Obama’s amnesty. Instead, Majority Leader Harry Reid is holding a series of votes today for the sheer purpose of blocking that vote on Obama’s amnesty.

Harry Reid’s last act as Majority Leader is to, once again, act as an enabler for President Obama, by blocking this vote on the President’s amnesty. He is going to an embarrassing length to tie up the floor to obstruct debate and a vote on this issue because he knows amnesty is unpopular with the American people, and he doesn’t want the Democrats on the record as supporting it.

No one wants a government shutdown. We are only seeking a vote. As soon as the Majority Leader allows a vote on a measure to stop President Obama’s amnesty, we can and should move forward on this bill to fund the government. If he does not, then we will continue to insist upon regular order and use every tool at our disposal to ensure there is a vote.

 

Obama’s Amnesty Decree In Trouble As Bush Judicial Appointee To Hear States’ Challenge

While  the crummy cromnibus passed,  pleasing virtually no one, there are some bright spots on the horizon.

A coalition of 20 states led by Gregg Abbot have won the first round in court in their case against Emperor Obama’s Amnesty Decree. The case  could have gone to a Clinton appointee, but instead, it “landed in the lap of Judge Andrew S. Hanen, a Bush appointee who issued a scorching rebuke to the Department of Homeland Security last year, accusing it of refusing to follow border security laws.”

It could hardly have been a worse outcome for Mr. Obama, who, in order to preserve his policy, will now have to convince a judge who is on record calling his previous, less-extensive nondeportation policies “dangerous and unconscionable.”

“It’s the Constitution itself that is under assault by the president of the United States by this executive order,” Mr. Abbott told NBC’s “Meet the Press” this weekend. “This lawsuit is not about immigration. The issue in this lawsuit is abuse of executive power.”

Analysts on both sides of the issue said Mr. Obama’s opponents were fortunate to draw Judge Hanen, who has already shown a deep distrust of Homeland Security officials, questioning both their policies and their legal arguments.

Immigration hawk, Kris Kobach, secretary of state in Kansas,  has been instrumental in devising legal attacks on  Obama’s immigration enforcement policies.

Mr. Kobach said a U.S. citizen who could show he lost in a job competition to one of the newly legalized workers under the amnesty could also go to court — if he could prove that he lost the job specifically because of competition with an illegal immigrant.

“The trick, of course, is establishing that,” he said.

Mr. Kobach also said immigration agents who enforce the law could have standing to sue over the new policy.

He is leading a previous case filed by immigration agents that challenged Mr. Obama’s 2012 amnesty for “dreamers.” In that case a judge ruled that the administration did likely break the law — but the judge also ruled he didn’t have jurisdiction over the case since another part of the law said the agents needed to take their complaints to a personnel board, not the federal courts.

Mr. Kobach and the agents are fighting that case in the personnel board, and both he and the Obama administration have also appealed the initial judge’s ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Meanwhile, another judge has sided with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in the first skirmish in what could turn out out be a major court fight over the legality of Emperor Obama’s amnesty program.

The announcement came on Wednesday from U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell in Washington, and granted a motion from Arpaio’s attorney, Larry Klayman of FreedomWatch, to move things along quickly.

Two Justice Department lawyers representing Obama in the fight had wanted their initial response delayed for weeks – for one thing because of the coming Christmas season.

But he ordered Obama to respond to Arpaio’s motion for a preliminary injunction – to protect the U.S. while the merits of the amnesty program are debated in court – by Dec. 15. A full preliminary injunction hearing is set for Dec. 22.

Arpaio, through his attorney, was the first to file a complaint regarding Obama’s executive order that grants legal status to approximately 4.7 million illegal aliens who broke U.S. law to enter.

“We are very pleased that Judge Howell has ordered an expedited hearing on our motion for preliminary injunction which asks to preserve the status quo and stop the implementation of President Obama’s executive order,” Klayman said. “The executive order violates the Constitution, as it seeks to circumvent the powers which the Framers delegated to Congress.”

The bad news is Arpaio’s  Judge Howell, an Obama appointee.

Her immigration record differs from that of Judge Hanen. Earlier this year she issued a ruling in an open records case seeking documents on the construction of the border fence, and in her decision she speculated that construction of the fence could have a “disparate impact on lower-income minority communities.”

And well –  there’s also this *sigh* via RollCall, GOP to Bring Up Bill Blocking Obama Immigration Action — Next Year:

While it may be little consolation to conservatives, House Republicans announced their intention Wednesday to vote on an amendment — in January, when the new Congress is sworn in — that would block the president’s executive action on immigration.

Rules Chairman Pete Sessions said during a panel hearing on the “cromnibus” Wednesday that Republicans plan to bring up legislation similar to an amendment offered by Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina that would prohibit the president from carrying out his immigration action.“Mr. Mulvaney has given us an amendment that works perfectly well,” Sessions said, saying he will “guarantee” that the Rules Committee, “in the new Congress, in the first two weeks,” would have a meeting to put that legislation on the House floor.

Sessions said he believed those in the country posed a threat to national security, and that the “rule of law” must be upheld. But he made it clear that the Rules Committee did not intend to have a fight over the president’s executive action in the cromnibus, thus effectively saying the amendment would not be made in order.

GOP leadership is trying to present the argument that the best chance for success is after the new Congress is sworn in. “We should not put a government shutdown on the table when Republicans have minimal leverage to change this law, particularly when Republican control of the Senate is a month away,” Sessions said.

Sessions: Congress Should Block Funds For Illegal Amnesty Facility (Video)

On Fox News’ America’s Newsroom, Senator Jeff Sessions joined Shannon Bream to discuss the Constitutional crisis thrust upon the American people known as Obama’s Amnesty Edict. Sessions still holds out hope that Congress put language in the Omnibus spending bill that will block executive amnesty.

“The president has exceeded the laws of the US dramatically,” Sessions began. “He’s basically nullified existing immigration policy in American and enacted a new policy of immigration that congress has explicitly, repeatedly has rejected.”

He continued, “it’s a rejected policy that he is carrying out, and it’s illegal, unconstitutional as he’s admitted himself on a number of occasions.”

Sessions advocated removing funding from the House omnibus spending bill that would fund Obama’s executive amnesty program.

“What we do know [about the House omnibus] is that it will allow the President to move money around to fund his executive amnesty program. We just discovered last week that [DHS] is renting a building across the river in Crystal City, hiring 1,000 people to process these identifications of illegal people.  They will be given a photo ID, a Social Security number, allowed to participate in Social Security and Medicare, and be able to work anywhere in America, taking any job in America. We don’t have enough jobs today and this will be 5 million people. What I was hoping, and still hope, is that the House will put real language in the bill [to block executive amnesty.]”

They began the segment by discussing Obama’s latest executive offense – his release of six more Gitmo prisoners.

MELT THE PHONELINES: Phone Calls are VERY effective-more so than emails. Contact: House of Reps and Senate  to submit your disapproval.lawlessness. 

Remind them that Republican voters came out in the midterms hoping that their Reps  would put a STOP to Obama’s lawlessness.

Congress is in session until Dec 11th.  

 

Video: Sessions Calls On Congress To Defend The Law, The Constitutional Order, and the People’s Interest

In an interview on Fox News, Friday, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) once again called on Congress to step up and fight Obama’s amnesty edict, to defend the law, the Constitutional order, and the American people.

“Congress needs to fund the government of the United States, but it should not fund [executive amnesty].  Congress has no duty to fund a program it opposes as a matter of policy and absolutely a responsibility to reject funding of a program that is unlawful…

 [DHS] is announcing the hiring of 1,000 people to provide legal status to people who are unlawfully here.  It’s a breathtaking overreach… Congress should defend the law, the Constitutional order, and the people’s interest.”

Sessions: Congress Should Block Funds For Obama’s Illegal Amnesty Hiring Spree (Video)

For the past couple of years, Senator Jeff Sessions has been perhaps the most effective opponent of amnesty in Congress, and now the soon to be Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee is trying to rally Congress to fight the Regime on Emperor Obama’s executive amnesty.

Reminding Republicans that they they were elected to stop Obama’s lawless agenda on the Senate floor, today, he said Congress is not hopeless and helpless in stopping it.

[Congress] has a responsibility to ensure that this President spends no money to execute policies that are in violation of existing law…

Are we serving [Americans’] interests or are we listening to special interests, political groups and activist groups, politicians who think they gain political advantage and certain businesses who want more cheaper labor? Don’t we represent the vast majority of the people? Isn’t there a national interest, an interest of the American people? Somebody needs to defend that interest. It’s been lost in this process.”

Wednesday Link-Around: The Immigration Foodfight

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After winning the midterms a month ago with landslide victories, the GOP is already caving on the issue that voters put them in power to stop. While holding symbolic hearings and votes, the Republican leadership seems to hae no actual plan to stop Obama’s edict from going into effect.

The House Judiciary Committee held a hearing, Tuesday, to  examine the legality of *Emperor Obama’s royal decree on immigration that would allow 5 million illegal aliens to stay in this country rather than be deported – and to qualify for government benefits.

Via CBN:

“President Obama has just announced one of the biggest constitutional power grabs ever by a president. He has declared unilaterally that — by his own estimation — almost 5 million unlawful immigrants will be free from the legal consequences of their lawless actions,” Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said.

Republicans pointed out that Obama had previously admitted that taking executive action to grant amnesty was unconstitutional, and ran a video highlighting all the times he admitted he couldn’t change the law.

After Obama executive fiat, he told a Hispanic  audience  “I just took an action to change the law.”

Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, believes the president’s own words say it all.

“He changed the law. Presidents cannot change the law. You can’t do so constitutionally, you cannot do so under Supreme Court precedent, and you can’t change the law to comport with his preferred public policy,” Sekulow told CBN News.

Democrats on the committee pushed back, saying the president is within his legal rights to use what’s known as “prosecutorial discretion,” – meaning the president, like a prosecutor, can decide which crimes to prosecute, and which laws to enforce.

One of the highlights from the hearing involved Rep. Trey Gowdy excoriating  Marielena Hincapie, Executive Director of the Immigration Law Center, for bringing up race as the motive for the GOP’s response to Obama’s lawless  decree.

The Republican Party is trying to figure out what their next move should be to block the move, and have few options that don’t involve a  government shutdown which they have vowed not to allow. 

Republicans met Tuesday to debate one proposal to approve for a full fiscal year 11 of the 12 bills included in the funding package, but only extend for a short period the funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over immigration policy. That would give the GOP another chance to respond early next year.

Speaker Boehner promised a House vote to undo the president’s executive edict, allowing Repubs to vote for something they know Emperor Obama will veto.

This here will really excite the base:

House Republicans are also eyeing a symbolic resolution of disapproval proposed by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., that would allow lawmakers to go on record opposing the president’s immigration order, but it would not have the force of law. GOP leaders also have talked about filing a lawsuit against the administration to challenge the constitutionality of Obama’s action.

Slightly more promising is House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul’splan to “take up a border security bill when the next Congress convenes in January.”

The committee passed a bipartisan border security bill in this Congress, but House GOP leaders never brought it to a vote.

McCaul blasted Obama’s November executive action to protect more than 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow them to apply for work permits. Obama’s action focused on helping the undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents. Eligible immigrants will have to pay a $460 application fee to be considered for a work permit.

Meanwhile, incoming Senate Budget Committee chairman Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has discovered the Emperor’s plan to open a new immigration facility to process his executive amnesty action in Northern Virginia. That’s the bad news. The really bad news is  the federal government has plans to hire 1,000 new immigration employees.

Via Matthew Doyle, Breitbart News: 

“It has just been discovered today that the Obama Administration is now opening a new USCIS facility in Crystal City, Virginia for the purpose of immediately implementing the President’s imperial immigration decree,” Sessions said in a statement. “They are in the process of hiring 1,000 full-time staff to quickly approve applications for the President’s illegal amnesty, which will provide work permits, photo IDs, Social Security, and Medicare to illegal immigrants—all benefits rejected by Congress. This action will mean that American workers, their sons, their daughters, their parents, will now have to compete directly for jobs, wages, and benefits with millions of illegal immigrants.”

Now 17 states have gotten involved in the fight: Texas, 16 other states sue to stop Obama amnesty:

Seventeen states and governors sued the Homeland Security Department on Wednesday in a bid to halt President Obama’s new deportation amnesty, saying he violated the Constitution and broke federal laws by granting tentative legal status to millions of illegal immigrants.

“This lawsuit is not about immigration. It is about the rule of law, presidential power and the structural limits of the U.S. Constitution,” the governors said in a 75-page complaint, filed in federal district court in Texas.

The governors said they have standing to sue because they and their state taxpayers will be left on the hook for expenses related to schooling, health care and police to handle the extra illegal immigrants who will now have federal permission to stay in the U.S., despite having no permanent lawful status.

And the plaintiffs carefully chose the court where they filed their challenge, selecting Brownsville, Texas, where a judge last year wrote a scathing rebuke of the Homeland Security Department for aiding human smugglers.

Ted Cruz has a tough message for House Republicans: ‘Do What You Promised’ on Immigration:

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday called on House Republicans to pass a spending bill that defunds President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, and said failure to do so would be a failure of the GOP to live up to its campaign promises to fight Obama’s plan.

“What I’m here urging my fellow Republicans to do is very, very simple,” Cruz said. “Do what you said you would do.”

“Honor your commitments. Answer the question today, the exact same way you would have answered it a month ago when you were campaigning before the voters,” he added.

Cruz spoke after meeting with several House Republicans who are hoping the House can adopt Cruz’s recommendation. Several dozen GOP lawmakers are known to be pushing for language in the 2015 spending bill that blocks the use of any funds to implement Obama’s plan, which could allow millions of illegal immigrants to stay and work in the United States.

On Tuesday, however, House GOP leaders proposed a different plan. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called for passage of a separate bill that would nullify Obama’s action, although that bill would not get any vote in the Democratic Senate because it would not be attached to the spending bill.

And Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is calling on legislators and courts to stop the “lawless executive.” (Emperor Obama.)

During an address before the Patriot Freedom Alliance Tuesday night in Hutchinson, Kansas, Kobach said “Obama did not have the authority to do that, likening him to England’s King George III during the Revolutionary War era.”

“We are in a bona fide constitutional crisis,” Kobach said.

He called on the Kansas Legislature to pass legislation he drafted for two previous sessions intended to deny benefits – except for public education and emergency medical care – to illegal residents.

He said all states should be denying benefits, citing federal law.

“Remove the benefits,” urged Kobach.

The average illegal alien household puts a net annual tax burden of $19,600 on taxpayers, Kobach said.

“Way to go, Mr. President,” he said.

Kobach spoke without notes to well over 100 people gathered in the Atrium Hotel & Conference Center ballroom. He started by explaining why he uses the term “illegal alien.”

He predicted that because of  the president’s latest action, “There will be another wave, and it will be bigger.”

As a private attorney, Kobach currently is involved in two immigration-related lawsuits, in Texas and in Pennsylvania. Kobach is hopeful that a Republican-controlled U.S. Senate and House will stand up to Obama.

His hope may be misplaced… Dan Riehl, the Conversation: Pride Goeth: Boehner Begs Hoyer for Dem Votes to Fund Obama Amnesty

Both House and Senate Republican leadership appears poised to sell-out it’s base to both keep the government open, while giving Barack Obama complete freedom to move forward with his controversial executive orders.

More via NRO:

House Democratic whip Steny Hoyer has promised to help Republican leadership overcome rank-and-file opposition to passing a funding bill that does not include language barring President Obama from implementing his executive orders, according to one House appropriator.

House Republican whip Steve Scalise conferred “informally” with his Democratic counterpart earlier this week, Representative Mark Amodei (R., Nev.) tells National Review Online.

“There was earlier talk about, ‘Hey, Steny, are you going to be able to deliver some folks on this?’ and, at least earlier, he was like, ‘Yeah,’” said Amodei, who suggested that Republicans could muster 80 percent of the 218 votes needed to pass the bill. “It was not a discussion that was white-knuckled. Maybe it’s getting to white-knuckle the closer we get, but, I hope not.”

Krauthammer responds to Rush Limbaugh’s criticism about the herd of RINOs enabling the lawless president: They are only stating the obvious.

*Josh Earnest says that Obama views the “Emperor” charge as a badge of honor. If it pleases him, I’m happy to oblige.

Jeanine Pirro To Obama: ‘Stop With the Smug, Tony Soprano Type Threats’ (Video)

You knew it was coming. Judge Jeanine Pirro had some stern words for Emperor Obama about his imperial immigration decree on Justice, Saturday night.

“This is not prosecutorial discretion,” she declared. “It is deliberate, unrestrained,  irresponsible, and unprecedented defiance of the US Constitution, and the of the rule of law.”

“And stop with the smug, Tony Soprano type threats, she said, referring to Obama’s repeated “put a bill on my desk, or else” threats that sound unnervingly like extortion.

“You’re so arrogant that instead of giving the new congress a chance to pass a fair immigration law – you just do your own thing!”

She added, “but I have to give you credit, because only one week after a historic shellacking, your thuggish move has cornered Republicans. They now must act, or suffer political consequences.”

You’ve created a precedent for for future presidents to outright ignore the law – from granting waivers to changing ObamaCare deadline dates, instructing prosecutors to not enforce certain drug laws, and telling ICE agents to not enforce the immigration laws, and not deporting those who are both illegal and criminal.

Pirro envisioned a near future in which a Republican president could throw out any number of laws that he doesn’t like. (But she forgets to note  the key element that will prevent that from happening – the change in demographics Obama is forcing on the nation.)

She went on to note, that what Obama did “was a slap in the face to every immigrant who follows the rules.” She said Obama made the millions of people who became US citizens the right way, “feel like schmucks.”

She had on Republican Congressman, Andrew Schwartz to talk about Obama’s latest tyrannical overreach.

Pirro and economist Stephen Moore discuss the economic cost of Obama’s immigration edict:

Sheriffs across the country react to the edict, plan demonstration in Washington DC December 10.

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