Friday I joined with most other Republicans in the House to accept a request by the Republican leadership that the vote on the appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security be put off for three weeks to give us time to see if a better piece of legislation, which would include immigration, could be worked out with the Senate. House conservative Republicans, including me, insist that any DHS bill must include language that confronts President Obama's unconstitutional usurpation of legislative authority in acting and establishing a policy on how the federal government will deal with those who have come here illegally.
Giving ourselves three weeks to seek a solution that was acceptable to both the House and Senate, both of which now have GOP majorities, is not an unreasonable request. Three weeks was acceptable to me but not to about 50 GOP members who demanded action now, even if that meant for a time diminishing the ability of the DHS to do its job, even if it precluded an opportunity to get more of what we wanted in the bill that may have been available three weeks down the road. All Democrats voted against the legislation providing for a three week Continuing Resolution. 52 Republicans joined their ranks preventing the three week bill from winning a majority, even though there was a possibility we would be in a better spot, and NO chance we'd be in a worse spot. This was NOT a vote to fund the DHS, it was a vote to postpone the vote for three weeks. In those three weeks President Obama is under court order not to issue visas or work permits to illegals, so nothing more will be done to take things in the wrong direction.
So we got no benefit for not extending this issue for three more weeks and gave up the potential for benefit. As a result of this we will probably be stuck with only the option of voting for the Senate version, which is the version we passed last month minus the part that deals with Obama's immigration power play. I am now and always have been committed to opposing the DHS Bill unless the immigration issue is addressed. Insisting the vote be taken now weakened our position to negotiate, especially if there is a court decision in the next few weeks. I see the vote against the three week postponement, which would have bought us time, as counter productive grandstanding that will make it more difficult to combat Obama on his immigration power grab.
Several other prominent Constitutionalists like Tom McClintock joined with me giving the House a three week extension to find a way to achieve an acceptable compromise that dealt with the immigration issue. In the end, whatever happens I will not be voting for a DHS Bill that does not at least address President Obama's violation of Constitutional requirements that he obey the laws and policies legislated by Congress.