Your Washington – GA 6 – Desk
A Stronger Hand to Play
Last week, Congress passed a consolidated appropriations bill to fund the majority of government through fiscal year 2015 along with a short-term funding bill to cover the Department of Homeland Security until February 2015. The bill will now go to the president’s desk for his signature.
There was and is a lot of frustration that this legislation did not contain a defunding of President Obama’s unlawful violation of our immigration laws. Unfortunately, right now, the Democrats in the Senate, who retain their majority until next year, are going to — as they have all Congress — continue to run interference for the president until they no longer can. They made that clear earlier this summer when the House first passed legislation to prohibit the president’s executive overreach, and the Democrat Senate, characteristically, shelved the proposal. There’s no reason to believe those on the other side of the aisle would have changed their tune in the next few days which is why a defunding effort would not have made it into law.
In short, the funding bill is the result of divided government. However, it will allow the newly elected and strengthened Republican majorities in the Senate and House of Representatives next Congress to start the year off with a relatively clean slate and with the opportunity to continue our efforts to hold President Obama accountable.Continue Reading..