Members of several Tea Party and other good government groups paid a visit to Seventh District Representative Rob Woodall’s Lawrenceville office on Wednesday, asking that the congressman vote no on a spending bill that would fund most government spending through the end of the 2015 fiscal year on September 30th.
The Gwinnett Daily Post reports that Gwinnett Tea Party co-chairs David Hancock and Steve Ramey want Woodall to vote against the $1.014 trillion spending measure if it includes funds to support President Obama’s recently announced executive action to allow some five million illegal immigrants to remain in the country and receive work permits. In addition, the pair hope Woodall would not vote for the measure until it had been public for 72 hours so it could be read.
Woodall was in Washington, but he told the Post in an email,
What we have done in this ‘Cromnibus’ is cement a lot of good policy for the remainder of the fiscal year — like preventing a bailout for the Obamacare risk corridor program, reining in regulatory overreach, preventing any new spending for Obamacare, and much more — while only funding the Department of Homeland Security for the short-term. This enables us to narrow the funding conversation in February to this one department, and the House, with a willing partner in the Senate having been sworn in, can stop this President’s actions the right way.
As conservatives, we have all been very frustrated by what we’ve seen from the Obama Administration. There is a misconception, however, that if the government shuts down it takes away his ability to act in these ways. It doesn’t. His actions are funded with money that he raises through fees, and until we are able to pass a bill that the president signs in order to change the way that he uses those fees, he will continue down this road.
Defunding the so-called “Executive Amnesty” cannot be done through a rider attached to the appropriations bill, according to a report issued Monday by the Congressional Research Service. Because the operation of Immigration Services is funded through fees paid by applicants and not an annual appropriation, a separate law, passed by both houses of Congress and signed by the President, would be required to defund the program.
Head counts conducted by the AJC’s Daniel Malloy have Georgia Reps. Lynn Westmoreland, Tom Price, and Woodall as Yes votes, with Reps. Jack Kingston and Doug Collins leaning towards Yes. Reps. John Lewis and Paul Broun are planning to vote No, and Rep. David Scott is unsure.
A vote on the omnibus could come as soon as today.