3:25 PM, Jan 14, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House is accusing Republicans intent on stopping President Obama's executive amnesty as "essentially" voting for amnesty. "This vote is bad policy. It is essentially a vote for amnesty. It is also bad politics," the White House spokesman told reporters aboard Air Force One.
"House Republicans … are mucking around with DHS funding just weeks before the funding deadline. There's never a good time to muck around with the funding of the department of homeland security, but given the events of the last week, this seems like a particularly bad time to do so," Earnest added, according to the White House pool report.
Earnest is referring to this vote, held earlier today in the House of Representatives:
The House voted 236-191 to approve a measure funding the Homeland Security Department while simultaneously defunding President Obama's unilateral action to provide temporary deportation deferrals and work permits to millions of undocumented immigrants.
UPDATE: Here's Earnest's full remarks:
"I want to mention one other thing that’s happening back in Washington before I take your questions. Earlier today, House Republicans voted in protest over the President’s executive action to reform our broken immigrations system.
"The President’s reform plan would bring accountability to our broken immigration system. It would give those with strong ties to this country the chance to come out of the shadows, get right with the law, submit to a background check, and pay taxes. The President’s plan would also focus law enforcement resources on felons and others who pose a threat to public safety.
"If Republicans were to get their way, these individuals, including DREAMers who came to America through no fault of their own, would either be pushed back into the shadows, free of any accountability, or deported at great expense to taxpayers and at the expense of a concentrated effort to deport criminals. This vote is bad policy. It’s essentially a vote for amnesty. It’s also bad politics.
"And that’s why this must pass -- the Homeland Security bill is, according to most educated observers, highly unlikely to pass the United States Senate. So this means that House Republicans, just to prove a point -- a point that at least one other Republican called mean-spirited -- are mucking around with DHS funding legislation just weeks before the funding deadline. Now, as I mentioned earlier this week, there’s never a good time to muck around with the funding of the Department of Homeland Security. But given the events of the last week, this seems like a particularly bad time to do so."
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:50 PM, Jan 6, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the re-election of John Boehner as Speaker of the House, what it means for the caucus, the GOP agenda in 2015 and beyond.
2:47 PM, Dec 31, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
While the controversy surrounding House GOP whip Steve Scalise continues to simmer, a 2002 press release (first uncovered by John Sexton) by the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO) promoting the
4:38 PM, Dec 23, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Los Angeles Times reports:
Embattled Republican Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of tax evasion, but said he would not resign his seat.
11:50 AM, Dec 12, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
The new dawn didn’t. There was to be no more sturm und drang, no more brinkmanship, no more government shutdowns, no more threats of default on America’s debt. Just routine passage of a $1,100,000,000,000 spending bill to keep the government running until next September when the current fiscal year ends. In the event, it was only hours before midnight on Thursday, when funding of most government activities was scheduled to end, that the House of Representatives, by a vote of 219-to-206 passed the so-called continuing resolution that will keep all of the functions of government, both the necessary and the wasteful, in operation. No, it was not a split in the Republican party that brought us once again to the brink of shutdown, although some Republicans, eager to show their distaste for the president’s unilateral action in freeing millions of illegal immigrants from the threat of deportation did cause, did defect. It was the Democrats who almost succeeded in shutting down the government and President Obama, not House speaker John Boehner, who had to struggle to get this resolution passed. The battle will have important consequences for the shape of American political life during the two years remaining of his term, and perhaps far into the future. Here’s why.
9:28 PM, Dec 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Fox News producer Chard Pergram reports that House speaker John Boehner told reporters this evening that he's a happy warrior. "Boehner walks into chamber. Says to reporters: I am a happy warrior," Pergram reports on Twitter.
3:03 PM, Dec 11, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
In an open letter to Democrats, Nancy Pelosi urges her colleagues to continue fighting the House spending bill.
"Dear Democratic Colleague," writes Pelosi.
12:13 PM, Dec 4, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The White House released a statement threatening to veto an anti-executive amnesty bill that's being considered in the House.
A pointless hearing reestablishes the only GOP consensus on immigration.1:08 PM, Dec 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing on President Obama’s executive action on immigration opened with a video montage. Introduced by Republican chairman Bob Goodlatte during his opening statement, the Fox News-produced video featured clips of Obama repeating several times throughout his presidency that he did not have the authority to institute deferred action without congressional approval.
8:43 PM, Nov 17, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina called for the formation of a Benghazi select committee in the Senate. He made the comments on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, according to a partial transcript of the show provided by a producer.
"Other questions about the new Congress, senator," Hewitt said, according to the transcript, "do you imagine that there will be expansion of the House select committee on Benghazi to include senators?"
Rep. Mike Coffman’s recipe for victory. Nov 24, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 11 • By FRED BARNES
Republican representative Mike Coffman of Colorado was the No. 1 target for defeat by House Democrats in 2014. Making matters worse, he had been gerrymandered out of his solidly Republican district and was opposed by the most impressive candidate Democrats could recruit. His future as a congressman did not look bright. Yet he was reelected.
How did he do it? He learned to speak Spanish.
Hosted by Michael Graham.4:48 PM, Nov 11, 2014 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with executive editor Fred Barnes on the best and worst policies for the new Congressional GOP leadership.
An idea for the president.7:48 AM, Nov 10, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
President Obama, an increasingly leaky White House tells us, fears irrelevance. I am still relevant, the president all-but declared at his recent press conference. And to prove it, he told us about his constitutional authority to issue executive orders and to veto bills that he finds in conflict with his progressive agenda. Perhaps.
Nov 10, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 09 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
"An nvitation to [Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn’s] historic Georgetown home was one of the most coveted status symbols in the nation’s capital, an entry to an elite salon of the powerful, talented . . . ” (Washington Post, October 29).