Heritage Action spokesman Dan Holler said the vote was “purely symbolic.”

The House of Representatives took its first action protesting President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The bill, which was called “purely symbolic” by critics, is unlikely to be considered by the Democrat-controlled Senate.

The Preventing Executive Overreach on Immigration Act, drafted by Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., passed in the House this afternoon on a mostly party-line vote of 219 to 197.

The bill says the executive branch does not have the authority to bypass Congress and rewrite existing law. Republicans said it would block Obama’s executive action to grant citizen-like status to millions of immigrants residing in the country illegally.

In a statement, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said, “The president thumbed his nose at the American people with his actions on immigration, and the House will make clear today that we are rejecting his unilateral actions.”

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