Would GOP Conference Chair Vote to Fund Obama's Amnesty? No Direct Answer

By Ali Meyer | December 10, 2014 | 10:47 AM EST

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) –Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the House Republican Conference Chairman, said today in response to the question of whether she would vote for a CR that funds Obama's unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens that "we are looking at every option to hold the president accountable."

Yesterday, the Republican leadership of which McMorris Rodgers is a part, released a 1,603-page omnibus spending bill that places no restrictions on Obama's implementation of his amnesty. The bill would fund most of the government through the end of this fiscal year on Sept. 30 and the Department of Homeland Security through Feb. 27.

CNSNews.com asked Rodgers, “Do you think Obama has the constitutional authority to legislate from his office on illegal immigration?”

“Well we’ve got our best legal minds looking at what he proposed,” Rodgers said. “Even President Obama himself said 20 times plus that he didn’t have the authority to do what he now has proposed.”

CNSNews.com continued, “Senator Sessions has said that Congress can use the power of the purse when it comes to funding Obama’s actions, executive actions. Would you vote for a [continuing resolution] CR that would fund those actions?”

“We have options in response to what the president has proposed, and we are looking at every option possible to hold the president accountable,” Rodgers said. “Funding is an option, going to court is an option, and legislating--actually doing something ourselves--is another option, and we are going to be--you know we are working on a plan to hold the administration accountable using every option possible.

“And right now, it is a little bit more difficult, because he hasn’t actually taken the action, right. He’s written a memo, but we are, you know, early in the new year going to be putting forward our plan as it relates to funding homeland security and potentially other additions to that,” she said.

President Obama announced on Nov. 20, 2014 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.”

The same day, McMorris Rodgers released a statement saying, “Tonight the President articulated his plan to act unilaterally on one of the most significant issues facing America: the future of 11 million undocumented immigrants in our country.

“His decision to act alone blatantly disregards the will of the American people: for their elected leaders to work together and enact effective, long-term solutions that make people’s lives better. Tonight the President has done exactly the opposite. He has revealed that his own desire for unilateral action trumps the democratic process upon which this country was founded,” she added.

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