Sessions: Congress Has ‘Duty’ to Oppose Spending on Things They Don’t Believe In

By Ali Meyer | November 21, 2014 | 2:51pm EST

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) (AP)

( - In response to President Obama’s executive order on immigration, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) said that Congress has a “duty to oppose spending money on things they don’t believe in” at a Heritage Foundation event on Friday. asked Sessions, “You’ve said the upcoming CR should prevent the president from spending any money on executive actions that will legalize illegal aliens. Would you vote for a CR that would allow the president to do that?”

“I believe that we’ve got to work together and do this the right way, so I’m open to various ideas, but I do think Congress has a duty to defend its interest as the people’s Congress, and it has the power to do so,” Sessions said.

“So there are a lot of things that could be done. The simplest one to me was that we would fund the government, completely fund the government, so we don’t have to - Congress should not fund programs that they think are contrary to law and contrary to good policy. It has no obligation to fund things that they don’t believe in and should in fact have a duty to oppose spending money on things they don’t believe in,” he added.

President Obama announced last night an executive order that said, “if you’ve been in America for more than five years; if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents; if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes – you’ll be able to apply to stay in this country temporarily without fear of deportation.”

“Only a short time ago, President Obama himself admitted this action would be illegal and unconstitutional,” said Sessions in response to Obama’s announcement. Sessions cited Obama’s words saying, “The problem is that I’m the president of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute the laws that are passed.”

“Apparently, America now has its first emperor,” said Sessions. “And he has issued an imperial order to dissolve America’s borders. Millions more will enter and demand the same amnesty benefits as those who came before. The entire moral foundation and consistency of our laws will have been eviscerated.”

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