House Republicans Move To Fight Executive Amnesty

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House Republicans expect to vote on legislation to take on President Obama’s executive actions on immigration next week.

“The overriding goal is to stop the funding for the president’s action, but there will probably be some amendments on the floor dealing with the American worker and some other things,” Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), who has been included in talks with leadership about the plan to block Obama’s executive amnesty, tells reporters.

One of the biggest advocates and thorns in leadership’s side, who’s pushing for a strong response to the president’s actions, Rep. Steve King (R-IA), has been privy to leadership’s meetings to form the plan.

“I don’t know if I’ve been included, I’ve been there. That’s for later too,” King laughingly told reporters Thursday. “No, I have, I’ve been in the meetings and I’ve engaged in the discussion and I think I’ve been heard.”

King stressed that his goal is to block the funding and commended Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy for the way he has collaborated to craft the expected legislation.

“I think that Leader McCarthy has conducted a couple of excellent meetings that really were designed to hear from the voices of the people who are most engaged in this issue,” King said.

“[McCarthy] is working to bring out the will of the group and that’s what a leader should do,” he added.

The GOP plan, Politico reports, will be unveiled Friday and will use the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill to take on not only Obama’s November executive amnesty but also the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhoods Arrivals and the Morton memos by blocking their funding.

The publication added that the plan also includes reinstatement of Secure Communities and tightening up of discretionary parole.

Thursday, House Speaker John Boehner reiterated his commitment to taking on the president’s executive actions.

“I said we’d fight it tooth and nail when we had new majorities in the House and Senate and I meant it,” Boehner said

Funding for the Department of Homeland Security runs out in February.