“We lost credibility from the next fight because of this vote today.” – Gary Palmer
IMHO a Reagan in the making! ~ JP
MUST see Gary on house floor speech after the vote. JUST type Palmer in search and click play.
House Session, Part 2
The House passed H.R. 240. The bill funds the Department of Homeland Security without the policy rider that blocks President Obama’s executive action on immigration.
THIS is what he said: Excuse the caps, its CSpan *The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
ACTUALLY. WE ARE NOT THREE SEPARATE BUT EQUAL BRANCHES OF THE GOVERNMENT. THE ABUSE OF THE EXEC TESTIFY ORDER HAS DIMINISHED CONGRESS AND THE ABUSE OF THE SENATE RULES HAS DIMINISHED THIS HOUSE. WE ARE NOW REDUCED TO PASSING WHAT THE SENATE WILL ALLOW US TO PASS. AND WE ARE — AND THE SENATE’S REDUCED TO PASSING WHAT THE SENATE WILL NOT VETO. THIS IS ABOUT THE CONSTITUTION. WE HAVE THREE MORE DAYS IN WHICH WE CAN CONSIDER LEGISLATION THAT UPHOLDS THE RULE OF LAW, THAT RESTORES THE BALANCE OF POWERS. WE SHOULD TAKE THOSE THREE DAYS. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, THIS IS A DAY THAT WE WILL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES, THAT THE COUNTRY IS LOOKING TO US RIGHT NOW TO MAKE A DECISION WHETHER OR NOT WE WILL UPHOLD OUR OATH OF OFFICE. I CALL UPON EVERY MEMBER OF THIS HOUSE TO BE AN OATH KEEPER. I YIELD THE BALANCE OF MY TIME.
Palmer Votes Against Bill Funding Obama’s Unconstitutional Executive Action
“Netanyahu said we were the most powerful legislative body in the world. And we are until the President says we aren’t.” – Gary Palmer
“The abuse of the executive order and abuse of the Senate rules has diminished this House.” - Gary Palmer
Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) in a statement saying:
“The will of the American people cannot be forever denied. Republicans will have to come to realize that it falls on their shoulders to give voice to the just demands of the American people for a lawful system of immigration that serves their interests, defends their jobs, protects their security.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Gary Palmer voted against a bill that would allow for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funds to go toward President Obama’s unconstitutional executive action concerning immigration, and is deeply disappointed that the bill passed:
“I have no higher priority as a member of Congress than restoring Constitutional governance. When it comes to funding DHS, the focus has been on immigration, but that is really not the issue. The real issue is the separation of powers set up by our Constitution. I believe the President, the Congress and the Courts should have the power given to them by the Constitution but not one power more.
“I am pleased that a court has given an injunction against President Obama’s unconstitutional executive order, and I hope that will result in this illegal order being permanently struck down. However, it is not the sole function of the judiciary to uphold the Constitution. Congressmen also take an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution. This vote was not about politics, but about keeping my oath.
“Congress can and should pass legislation to secure our borders and fix our immigration system, but nothing in the law justifies unilateral action by the executive. The Constitution forbids the executive from unilaterally making law, and that is precisely what the President is attempting to do. I have consistently opposed measures that would legitimize President Obama’s unlawful executive action and I am deeply disappointed that this bill has passed.
“If Congress does not stand up for its own Constitutional role in the process of governance, no one else will. I fear this vote today will lead to further lawless action by the executive branch and further erosion of the powers granted to the Congress by the Constitution.”