Roby gains ground in Congressional session

Published 3:00 am Thursday, January 8, 2015

U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-AL, has wasted no time making her voice heard as the 114th Congressional session began Monday, Jan. 5.

Roby has already presented her Prevention of Executive Amnesty Act of 2015, which aims to bar the use of funds to implement the immigration policies set forth I the memoranda issued by the Secretary of Homeland Security on Nov. 20, 2014, the memoranda issued by the president on Nov. 21, 2014 and any other memos issued after Nov. 21.

“President Obama’s attempt to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants isn’t just irresponsible. It’s dangerous. It undermines the rule of law and threatens American jobs,” Roby said.

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Roby said during the last month Congress had went forward with a plan that gave the best chance to address executive amnesty through the Appropriations Committee, which Roby serves on. Roby said the push to get the bill on the floor came from the actions taken over the last month.

“In doing so, we also made a commitment that we would see that effort through in good faith,” Roby said. “That’s why I’m introducing legislation right out the gate that wields the ‘power of the purse’ to prevent President Obama from carrying out his executive amnesty plans.”

Roby said she had spoken directly to the Majority Leader in an effort to further address the executive amnesty issue.

“I have spoken directly to the Majority Leader to impress upon our leadership that our Conference must be serious about addressing executive amnesty head on in a straightforward and meaningful way,” Roby said.

Because Roby knew the situation would not be easy, she knew getting the conversation started early would benefit the situation greatly.

“I know there will be a broad and dynamic debate about how to address executive amnesty, but let’s start the conversation right here. I believe this language gives us a great starting point for blocking executive amnesty by using the ‘power of the purse,’ so let’s go from here.”