Eager to avoid shutdown repeat, Republicans begin to take funding fight off the table

November 21, 2014

Some House leaders, eager to avoid a politically dangerous fight over the passage of an essential government funding bill, appear ready to take the “power of the purse” off the table when it comes to legislative action aimed at blocking President Obama’s pending changes to deportation policy.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers said Thursday that Obama’s executive action, which would legalize up to 5 million people, would be administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, an agency funded entirely by fees, not Congress.

“We have no authority, right now, to defund CIS, because we don’t have authority over fees,” an spokeswoman for Rogers said Thursday.

Rogers is writing legislation that would fund the government through the end of the fiscal year without taking aim at Obama’s contentious move on immigration. The legislation will be ready for the House to debate the week of Dec. 8, ahead of the Dec. 11 expiration of a stopgap funding measure, aids said.

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