Yoho’s bill is considered, even by some supporters, as a symbolic rebuke of the president’s immigration order, (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
House Republicans pushed through a bill Thursday to disapprove of President Barack Obama’s executive orders on immigration.
The measure, introduced by Florida Republican Rep. Ted Yoho, passed largely along party lines, 219-197.
All but three Democrats voted “no,” predictably slamming the GOP for reserving floor time for another bill they called anti-immigrant.
Three of Obama’s biggest GOP critics — Reps. Steve King of Iowa, Raul R. Labrador of Idaho and Paul Gosar of Arizona — voted “present.”
They were sending a message: They would have wholeheartedly endorsed the legislation under ordinary circumstances, except in this case they believed the bill was brought to the floor only to pacify lawmakers like themselves, who don’t want to vote to fund the government past Dec. 11, when current federal spending expires, unless it includes a policy rider explicitly defunding the immigration policy changes.
“I believe in the principle; I also want to make sure this isn’t a cover,” Gosar said after the vote.
“The language is okay,” Labrador explained in a separate interview, “but as a standalone bill, it was a meaningless action.”