By Nancy Thorner –
Looking ahead to today, the Senate will hold a procedural vote on the House-passed version of the DHS funding bill that defunds Pres. Obama‘s unconstitutional executive amnesties, H.R.240, at 2:30 p.m. ET. The vote, which requires 60 votes to pass, will simply allow the bill to come to the Senate floor for debate. The deadline for the Department of Homeland Security funding is February 27, so there is no time to waste if elected Republican legislators were ever serious in keeping promises made during the campaign to defund President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty mandate.
What will happen in the U.S. is still up for grabs, but not so in the U.S. House. Having supported 10th District Rep. Bob Dold in his successful bid to unseat Democrat Brad Schneider in November of last year, I was not pleased when as one of seven members of the U.S. House, and the only Republican representative from Illinois, Dold voted NO for the Department of Homeland Security funding bill that prohibits the Executive Branch from taking action to carry out the unilateral amnesty for illegal aliens that President Barack Obama ordered in last December. The final tally: Members of Congress voted 236 to 191 in favor of denying Homeland Security funding.
Also voted down by Bob Dold and his six fellow renegade Republican was an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL), that prohibited any agency of the federal government from using any funds to carry out the immigration actions that Obama has ordered under memoranda issued by himself and his subordinates. This amendment was included in the House bill, having passed on a separate vote of 237 to 190.
Curious over Dold’s YES vote on funding amnesty for illegals, I decided to investigate Dold’s voting record since he was sworn in as a U.S. legislator in January of this year for his second term, having served his first term in Congress from 2010 – 2012. So far there have been only three legislative votes required by Dold, all having House Republican backing.
- Keystone XL Pipeline Act – YES.
- Amnesty-Stopping DHS Appropriations Bill – NO.
- No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion – YES.
Two out of three Republican-initiated House votes is not a horrendous record for Dold and his 10th District constituents, but this is only the first inning of Dold’s term. Stopping DHS Appropriation Bill funding was and still is an issue of great importance to Republican voters.
Admittedly, had I taken the time to read Bob Dold’s statement on immigration when running for Congress, “Making Immigration Work”, I could have expected Dold to vote as he did. The final statement of Dold’s immigration stance reads:
“It’s time that our government provide those who are contributing to our society a pathway out of the shadows and an opportunity to become part of the American dream.”
How can Rep. Bob Dold be so out-of-touch with what is of importance to Republican voter?
- Doesn’t Dold know that this nation has the most generous legal immigration system in the world, admitting each year more legal permanent resident immigrants, with a clear path to full citizenship, than all the rest of the nations of the world combined?
- Doesn’t Dold know that Obama’s mandate violates the basic concept of the U.S. Constitution, that we the people govern ourselves through our elected representatives through a deliberative process of checks and balances, not through the unilateral pronouncements of a president?
- Doesn’t Dold realize that what he voted for would affect the job prospects of 9 million unemployed Americans, 2.9 million of whom are considered long-term unemployed, and another 7 million officially recognized as involuntary part-time workers because they want but can’t find full-time work, and another 2.2 million who want and are available for work and have looked for work in the past year, including 800,000 designated as discouraged workers who have given up?
- Doesn’t Dold realize how the expanded legal work force would affect the future prospects for 46 million Americans, almost one in six, who are surviving on food stamps? Although the official unemployment rate is now 5.8%, still high but coming down, it’s 10.9% for African-Americans, 18.6% for American teenagers, and 32.6% for African-American teenagers. Are we okay with that? How does giving 5 million more immigrants work authorization and adding them to the legal work force affect those groups?
Does Bob Dold really wish to branded as a Republican congressman who supported President Obama’s lawlessness? Such a label might appeal to Democrats and to some independents, but there is an “R” behind Dold’s name!
There must be border security before all else. Even the announcement by President Obama of his Executive Order has telegraphed to the world that if you manage to cross the border you will not be sent back, but that in time amnesty will be granted, along with a myriad of free social welfare programs, to enjoy at the expense of American taxpayers.