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  • The Rule of Law

    by Representative Doug LaMalfa

    Posted on 2015-01-13

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    LaMALFA asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.) Mr. LaMALFA. Mr. Speaker, late last year we saw the President knowingly act to ignore Federal immigration law, claiming to grant legal status to millions who entered the country illegally--which looks a lot like amnesty to many Americans--an action done in complete defiance of our Nation's rule of law.

    This week the House will act to defund the President's plan. Some have claimed this plan is funded by fees and fines and that Congress can't prevent it. I have one answer for them: No money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law.

    These are words straight out of Article I, section 9 of the Constitution. There are no exceptions, no asterisks, and no fine print.

    The unilateral attacks on our rule of law and unprecedented power grabs from this President need to end. These measures included in H.R. 240 are important steps in doing just that.

    Mr. Speaker, I urge my colleagues to support this legislation that will stop the President's executive overreach and defend the will of the American people.

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