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Rep Justin Amash Wants to Have His Cake and Eat It

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[mc_name name=’Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’A000367′ ] has some ‘splaining to do.

But first, some background.

Speaker [mc_name name=’Rep. John Boehner (R-OH)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’B000589′ ] showed some backbone on the House floor yesterday, as that body passed a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security, with amendments attached which would roll back DACA—something that’s long overdue—and remove funding for President Obama’s executive edicts (they weren’t executive actions because he simply spoke them into being like Zeus from Olympus) dealing with immigration amnesty.

Boehner gave a rare speech on the floor of the House, pushing for Congress to actually do its job and legislate, versus just sit back and watch the president make himself king, with the excuse that Congress doesn’t do what he wants.

“We are dealing with a president who has ignored the people, ignored the Constitution, and even his own past statements,” Boehner said.

The strategy laid out last year before adjournment is to tie immigration actions countering the president’s unilateral plan for amnesty to the funding of DHS may actually work.  If President Obama doesn’t sign the bill, presuming it passes the Senate (and it should), then DHS runs out of money at the end of February and may have to shut down.  If the president vetoes the bill, we then have another game of chicken—and we will see if Boehner has really grown a backbone or if it is all theatrics.

Keeping Congress Honest

The amendment to end DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) had 26 Republican ‘no’ votes, and the funding bill had 10 no’s.  You’d expect that some Republicans who represent districts with immigrant populations may not want to face the music back home, or genuinely oppose ending DACA.  Of the 10 ‘no’ votes on the spending bill, two voted for the amendment to end DACA.  Why would a congressman vote for the amendment and against the spending bill?  There may be reasons, but they bear scrutiny.

[mc_name name=’Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’A000367′ ] and [mc_name name=’Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’M001184′ ] want to have their cake and eat it.  Massie is a self-styled conservative representing Kentucky’s 4th district—a smart guy who’s got an MIT education and 24 patents, but I haven’t figured out his logic in splitting his vote the way he did.  Amash, on the other hand, is being disingenuous.  You might remember him from the classy and gracious way he praised his opponent in his victory speech—my sarcasm is intentional—it was a speech a small, bitter man might make.

America’s Voice, a pro-amnesty website, boasted that Amash supports immigration reform and citizenship back in October.  So why did Amash vote for the amendment to end DACA, when he’s clearly against it?  Maybe to let others take the heat on it, and then duck under the radar by voting against the bill itself?  Maybe Rep Amash can explain himself.

Here are the GOP representatives who voted against the DACA amendment:

Reps. [mc_name name=’Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’A000369′ ] (Nev.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’C001077′ ] (Colo.)
Ryan Costello (Pa.)
Carlos Curbelo (Fla.)
Jeff Denham (Calif.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’D000604′ ] (Pa.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’D000600′ ] (Fla.)
Bob Dold (Ill.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’E000291′ ] (N.C.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’G000564′ ] (N.Y.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’H001051′ ] (N.Y.)
Cresent Hardy (Nev.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’H001055′ ] (Nev.)
John Katko (N.Y.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Peter King (R-NY)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000210′ ] (N.Y.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’K000378′ ] (Ill.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’L000554′ ] (N.J.)
Tom MacArthur (N.J.)
Martha McSally (Ariz.)
Patrick Meehan (Pa.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’N000181′ ] (Calif.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000578′ ] (Wash.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000435′ ] (Fla.)
Chris Smith (N.J.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’U000031′ ] (Mich.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’V000129′ ] (Calif.)

Here are the ‘no’ votes on the funding bill:

[mc_name name=’Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’C001077′ ] (Colo.)
Carlos Curbelo (Fla.)
Jeff Denham (Calif.)
Mario Díaz-Balart (Fla.)
Robert Dold (Ill.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-NC)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’E000291′ ] (N.C.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’R000435′ ] (Fla.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. David Valadao (R-CA)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’V000129′ ] (Calif.).
[mc_name name=’Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’A000367′ ] (Mich.)
[mc_name name=’Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY)’ chamber=’house’ mcid=’M001184′ ] (Ky.)