The PJ Tatler

Showdown: Dave Brat Offers Omnibus Amendment to Defund Amnesty

Moments ago, Rep. Dave Brat’s Communication Director Brian Gottstein send out the following release. The amendment puts GOP leadership on record as funding amnesty, should it fail. It currently has the support of 53 members.

Conservatives should appreciate the efforts. I take the proposed amendment as a sign that Brat takes his mandate to halt amnesty as a promise made to his district. Most point to Brat’s opposition to amnesty as the primary reason he defeated Eric Cantor, and Brat’s victory over Cantor was later revealed to be the primary reason that amnesty didn’t happen last summer.

The release:

Brat proposes amendment today to stop Obama’s amnesty order

WASHINGTON, DC (December 10, 2014) – Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) joined Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC) and Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) to offer an amendment today to the omnibus budget bill to cut off funding for President Obama’s attempt at executive amnesty. As of the latest count, 53 of their House colleagues have also signed on as cosponsors.

The proposed amendment will be presented to the House Rules Committee for consideration this afternoon.

“Our amendment is simple and straightforward,” said Brat.  “It specifically says DHS cannot use funds to implement the executive amnesty outlined in 10 memos from DHS and two from the president himself.  Our amendment says we in Congress refuse to allow an agency of this government to commit an act that the leadership on both sides has said is illegal.

“The president himself said he does not have this power.  The Constitution says he does not have this power.  And the American people have demanded the rule of law be followed.  This amendment will ensure that happens.“