Congressman Adrian Smith isn’t happy with the action taken to fund the Department of Homeland Security without any concession from President Barack Obama on immigration.
But, the Congressman shies away from criticizing the Speaker of the House.
Smith voted against the bill funding Homeland Security. He wanted a three-week funding extension so House and Senate negotiators could hammer out their differences.
“So that we wouldn’t just rollover when the Senate sends us something that is perhaps a reflection of their own impasse,” Smith tells reporters during a conference call.
Smith says Congress should have taken advantage of the opportunity presented to debate the immigration executive order. He says a temporary funding measure would have provided the time needed to hammer out an agreement. Instead, Congress approved a budget bill without attachments.
President Obama has issued an executive order which could affect more than four million illegal immigrants. It would withdraw any threat of deportation. The executive order bypassed Congress, which hasn’t been able to agree on immigration reform.
At present, a federal judge has blocked the executive order from going into effect.
House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio had to enlist Democrats to approve the $40 billion measure, after realizing he didn’t have enough of his fellow Republicans on board. The bill passed with a 257-167 vote. In the end, 75 Republicans joined all the House Democrats to approve it.
Smith won’t criticize Boehner for relying on Democrats to pass the funding bill over objections from Republicans who wanted concessions on the president’s immigration executive order.
Smith calls this simply one issue out of many.
“Issues come and go, but we have a process we want to uphold. I think there should be very little criticism for the Speaker who wants to utilize the process.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]