WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A growing number of Republicans in Congress want to use go-vernment spending bills as leverage to pre-vent President Barack Obama from taking
unilateral action to ease US immigration po-licies.
Senator Jeff Sessions, poised to lead the Senate Budget Committee next year, on Wed-nesday called on his fellow Republicans to press for a short-term spending bill extension into early next year and withhold funds nee-ded to implement any “unlawful amnesty” for undocumented immigrants ordered by Obama.
He told reporters that a short-term extension into next year would allow a new Republican majority in the Senate to cut spending and be in a position to use spending bills to prevent Obama from issuing visas and identification cards to such immigrants.
A short-term extension “would be smart for a whole lot of reasons”, Sessions said. “Senator Reid shouldn’t be entitled to bind the country next year when we’ve got a new Congress,” he said, referring to Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid.
Meanwhile, more than 50 House Republi-cans have signed a letter circulated by con-servative Representative Matt Salmon, calling for a pre-emptive strike to bar from spending legislation any use of federal money to legalise undocumented immigrants.