Senator: Obama Immigration Move Could Hurt Full-Year Pentagon Spending Bill

Posted November 21, 2014 at 11:38am

Defense News reports that “President Obama’s end-run around lawmakers on immigration could derail hopes for a measure that would fund the federal government — including the Pentagon — through September.”  

“Obama took to the prime time airwaves Thursday evening to announce an executive order that would defer deportations of illegal aliens, drawing the immediate ire of congressional Republicans, especially because the president himself said in 2013 such a move would be unconstitutional.”  

“’This could move us in the direction of a CR [continuing resolution], I think,’ Senate Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Sen. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., told CongressWatch a few hours before Obama spoke.”  

“’I would like an omnibus, but not at any price,’ Shelby said. ‘I think it changes a lot of things. We’ll have to see. It could poison the water and drive us toward a CR.’”