Rep. LaMalfa Votes to Defund the President’s Executive Action
Washington, DC – Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA) today released the following statement applauding the House passage of H.R. 240, the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2015.
“The Constitution is clear: Congress holds the power of the purse. There are no exceptions, no asterisks, no fine print. Today, the House passed legislation to uphold the constitution and roll back the President’s executive amnesty plan,” said LaMalfa. “The founders designed our government in order to prevent these exact circumstances: a President who ignores the law, refuses to work with Congress, and intends to govern unilaterally. The bill we passed today will defund the actions taken by President Obama on immigration and restore the system of checks and balances our republic was founded upon. That way, we can start working together towards responsible reform that respects our rule of law, secures the border, and honors the values of this country.”
Video of LaMalfa’s comments in support of defunding the President’s plan may be found here: https://youtu.be/mX2Uk0L-8ZE
H.R. 240 passed out of the House on a 236-19 vote, and will be sent to the Senate. The legislation also includes language from the following House-passed amendments:
- Amendment #1: Explicitly prevents any funds from being used to carry out the President’s immigration executive immigration order to grant deferred action to an estimated four million unlawful immigrants. (Rep. Robert Aderholt – AL)
- Amendment #2: Prohibits any funds to be used to consider new, renewal, or previously denied DACA applications. (Rep. Marsha Blackburn – TN)
- Amendment #3: Ensures that sex offenders and domestic violence perpetrators are prioritized for removal by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (Rep. Ron DeSantis - FL)
- Amendment #4: Expresses the sense of Congress that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services should stop putting the interests of immigrants unlawfully present in the United States ahead of legal immigrants. (Rep. Aaron Schock – IL)
- Amendment #5: Expresses the sense of Congress that U.S. workers should not be harmed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ action. (Rep. Matt Salmon – AZ)
Congressman Doug LaMalfa is a lifelong farmer representing California’s First Congressional District, including Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou and Tehama Counties.