GOP Threatens Immigration Order Payback Via CR

Posted September 5, 2014 at 2:01pm

House Republican leaders are aiming to move a “clean” stopgap spending bill next week with as little drama as possible.

After suffering in the polls following last year’s 16-day partial government shutdown, GOP leaders are looking to avoid even the slightest perception that the government could shut down again as Republican candidates make their final pitches to voters.

At this point, it appears the stopgap debate will be fairly straightforward, as rank-and-file lawmakers remain anxious to return home to campaign ahead of the November midterms.

But this is Washington, and if there is any issue that could flip the continuing resolution on its head this year, it is immigration.

Some conservatives are already getting heartburn over a set of executive actions the Obama administration is planning that could allow millions of illegal immigrants currently in the United States to remain without the threat of deportation.

Rep. Steve King of Iowa and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida have, in recent days, threatened legislative retribution via the CR.

“That puts another wild card into the mix that will surely generate a political reaction that could then affect the supplemental for the end of this fiscal year, as well as … a continuing resolution for the next fiscal year,” said Doris Meissner, a senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute and former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service during the Clinton administration.

The White House initially said it would move forward with the actions this summer, but has played coy in recent weeks.

Recent reports have indicated the administration may delay most action until after the November elections in order to protect vulnerable Senate Democrats.

On Friday, President Barack Obama said, “My expectation is that fairly soon I’ll be considering what the next steps are.”