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Would the GOP actually have the will to do this?

If, no, when President Obama issues his executive orders addressing immigration, Republicans are going to be faced with making some decisions about how to address those EOs. One of the ideas recently floated comes from the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee and considers involving the House’s “power of the purse”, aka, defunding. The interesting point is that the rescission power rests with the President granted under the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974. However, Congress has used it in the past (without presidential direction) as Chairman Rogers notes:

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee pitched GOP colleagues on a plan to rescind funding for targeted programs in the next Congress to respond to President Obama’s planned executive amnesty, throwing a new idea into a ring already full of them.

“Chairman Rogers just got up and said if we pass an omnibus and then the president does this executive amnesty, he said we can rescind it, and we can rescind it with 218 and 51 and we don’t need the president. That’s what he just told me. I’ve never heard that before,” said Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), a key conservative lawmaker who has emerged as a leader in crafting strategy on the issue.

The idea startled GOP members who, according to Salmon, hadn’t contemplated the strategy until now. And Rogers had difficulty explaining the idea to a scrum of reporters given that the last time it was used was the 1990s. “I don’t think any of you have ever seen a rescission bill!” Rogers said.

“There’s any number of possibilities including rescission of spending after the fact. One of the difficulties we’re having is we really don’t know what actions he plans to actually take. When Livingston took over as chairman, he proposed and passed rescissions of spending bills that after the fact took away money that had been appropriated for an agency,” Rogers added.

The reason he’s talking about “after the fact” is Congress is currently engaged in trying to pass a huge spending bill and that will likely take priority. Once passed, then it will likely address anything that Obama has directed via EO.  Also note that rescission bills are very rare – Congress isn’t about cutting spending or defunding much of anything.

However that are a number of Republicans that don’t even want the spending bill passed until next year:

Many Republicans are pushing to punt significant legislative action, including an omnibus spending bill, until the next Congress, when the GOP will have more leverage and control, given their control of the upper chamber.

Whatever the eventual plan, the next two months should be quite interesting.  However, should they pass the spending bill before the next Congress, rescission provides a path for the GOP to cut funding to the programs that Obama targets with his EOs and trigger quite a nasty political battle next year.


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24 Responses to Would the GOP actually have the will to do this?

  • Like Obama, I’m not an expert on constitutional law, but can’t the president veto a rescission bill?

    • Yes, he can (no cliche intended).

      This is a STOOOOOOOOOooooopid idea. Deny ALLLLLLL funds to agencies NOT essential to the national security and peace of the United States.


      • What if Obama were to ignore such laws and tell the Federal Agencies to continue to operate?

        Do we really think Congress, led by this bunch in the GOP, would impeach?

        • At some point the lawlessness has to stop.
          Otherwise he should anticipate the populace will practice reciprocity.

          From a long view perspective this is all part of the ‘let it burn’ paradigm some of us advocated.

    • Would that require 67 or 60 votes? That is, to override the veto of the Pres.

  • whether or not such a resending can be done constitutionally is beyond my ability to predict. That said, the question was whether or not the GOP would have the will. The answer is No. This is the prediction that we made when the establishment GOP exerted its control prior to the election.

    when we see people like Rand Paul for example, making noises about how some of the portions of Obamacare should be kept, game over. democrat win.

  • A riot is an ugly zhing… Und I think that it is just about time that we had vone!

    Inspector Kemp knew when a little revolt was called for.

    It’s time we revolted, using the power of civil disobedience. No taxes. No compliance. No obedience.

  • Mark Steyn asked why we even allow lame ducks to do ANY-flucking-thing. I think that’s a great question.

    If you’re voted out of Parliament, you just have the power to clean out your desk. I LIKE that.

    • Yes, it makes no sense to allow them a few months to cause trouble.

      Especially because a lot of voters probably don’t know they are still in office.

  • Maybe the FBI should be issuing a nationwide warning that there’s going to be riots if the Asshat in chief proclaims his executive amnesty.
    You know, like they’re doing for the outcome of a simple grand jury case in a small town in Missouri.

    Oh, right, that’s not going to happen is it because the average American voter is a moron.
    Ask Obama, he continually counts on it.

    What is it going to take for the Republicans to realize if the last government shutdown hurt them as much as the MSM and the Asshat Chief Executive pretend it did, they wouldn’t have won the wave election of 2014.

  • If, no, when President Obama issues his executive orders addressing immigration,

    >>> We’ll find out. Constitutional Crisis scheduled to begin @ 8PM Thurs evening

  • By the way, remembered when JUST YESTERDAY I predicted we’d soon be hearing from our media betters about how great political obstructionism is?

    Well here we have this nugget…..

    • The White House is exasperated with the major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS and NBC — for skipping out on President Barack Obama’s Thursday primetime address on his executive actions on immigration.

      • They’re still covering for him by not broadcasting. The less the public actually knows, the better.

        Don’t worry though, Univision will still cover it I’m sure

        • Maybe they can get him to wear his special luchador outfit while he makes the announcement.

      • According to the Washington Post, Obama did not make the customary request for broadcast time for his speech tonight from the major networks. So ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox won’t be airing it.

        But Obama has timed his address to come at the start of the second hour of the Latin Grammys, an immensely popular award show on Univision, which was watched by 10 million people last year. Univision, whose Spanish-language programmers have long been friendly collaborators with the White House on its propaganda efforts, will delay the second half of the awards show so it can air Obama’s 15-minute speech and then switch back to the music.

        GOP senator John Cornyn of Texas called the White House move a major “pander,” but it is more than that. The man who declared at the Democratic convention in 2004 that “there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America” has come a long way. He now wants a segment of Americans to see his speech dramatically changing immigration law, while he goes out of his way to avoid the broader national audience. Talk about dividing America after you talked so much about uniting it.

        Isn’t THAT interesting. And very, very instructive.

        • What, that Barry considers other immigrants to be more his constituency than the people who elected him to office?
          Just what one would expect from a Kenyan foreign exchange student.

  • Yeah, rescission sounds like it would require a backbone, and some ability to withstand criticism. I don’t see the Republicans acquiring either quality.

    • It would help tremendously if they stopped thinking or acting like they have been elected by the MSM, the progressive wonks, and the kiddies from Journolist and the Juice Box Mafia.

  • I will bet on no spine.

    • So long as the biggest concern of elected “representatives” is getting re-elected, spinelessness will rule the day.

  • Maybe I’m not understanding the rescission option but can’t Obama simply veto these bills in order to restore the rescinded funding?