Sessions: Congress ‘Must Use Its Spending Power to Stop’ Obama’s Amnesty
By Brittany M. Hughes
Sen. Jeff Sessions R-AL issued a statement Tuesday declaring that Congress “must use its spending power” to prevent President Obama from using executive power to grant amnesty to thousands of illegal aliens.
“The Obama Administration has openly declared its plan to implement a unilateral executive amnesty for 5 to 6 million more illegal immigrants. This unlawful amnesty, urged on by congressional Democrats, would include work permits, taking jobs directly from millions of struggling American citizens,” Sessions said.“
Any action Congress might consider to address the current border crisis would be futile should the President go forward with these lawless actions,” he added, declaring that “Congress must speak out and fight against them… It must use its spending power to stop the President’s executive amnesty,” Sessions urged.
… According to press reports, Obama plans to use his executive power to grant work permits to potentially millions of illegal aliens, with some Democratic lawmakers calling on him to also unilaterally defer deportations.
Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7 of the U.S. Constitution says: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
While the President can take certain executive actions unilaterally, funding for those actions can only be appropriated by Congress, and all spending bills must originate in the House of Representatives. Federal spending laws regularly include language prohibiting the Executive Branch from using funds for certain purposes.