WASHINGTON – House Republicans plan to vote next week on legislation to block President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration, days before the president’s State of the Union address on Jan. 20.
The tentative plan announced Wednesday would seek to block the actions while providing funding for other immigration activities, Reps. Charles Boustany and John Fleming, both of Louisiana, told reporters.
Obama announced Nov. 20 he was easing deportation rules for millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
The Republicans’ provision would be attached to a spending bill to finance the Department of Homeland Security through the rest of fiscal 2015. Congress funded the agency through February, while financing the rest of the government through September.
House Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers of Kentucky said lawmakers plan to introduce a bill by Friday.
“We are all concerned about the security of the country, of course,” Rogers said. “The budget for the Homeland Security Department is vital and needs to be seen to.
“The hope is that we could file a bill Friday, in time for it to come to the floor Tuesday or so next week,” Rogers said.