Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) are vowing to try again next year to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, after the Senate used the weekend to pass a huge spending bill that lets Obama do what he wants on immigration through February.
The $1.1 trillion spending bill escaped the House without any vote to stop the Department of Homeland Security from implementing Obama’s plan, which could let up to 5 million illegal immigrants stay and work in the United States. Senate Democrats also refused any votes on amendments, and Cruz was only able to attack it indirectly, through a procedural vote that challenged the constitutionality of Obama’s action.
That vote only won the support of 22 Republicans, and on Sunday, Lee said opponents of Obama’s immigration plans would push hard again for a vote early next year.
“With the funding for the Department of Homeland Security expiring in February, we’ll have another opportunity to cover this issue of executive amnesty, and to withhold funds from the president’s ability to carry out this executive amnesty program,” Lee said on Fox News Sunday. “I look forward to that vote and the opportunity to stop the president from doing this.”
DHS funding will expire on February 27, which reflects the GOP’s fallback plan of forcing Congress to vote again on DHS early next year, when Republicans rule the Senate.