Levin: Republicans Can Withhold Funding to Stop Exec Amnesty

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With President Obama's administrative amnesty hanging in the balance, Democratic Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.) pointed out that Congress has the ability to stop it.

Congress can withhold funding for any presidential initiative–and it would not be the first time it has happened, the National Review reported.

"It happens all the time," Levin said. "That’s not uncommon that there’s amendments saying ‘none of the funds in this appropriation bill may be spent for’—fill in the blank."

With that in mind, Levin said there is no need for another government shutdown, as Congress already has the ability to withhold funding. National Review reports:

Republican lawmakers are debating whether to pass legislation funding government for the whole year or for a shorter term. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.) and other immigration hawks oppose a long-term funding measure because it would provide Obama with the money he needs to implement his executive orders. Instead, they want to pass a short-term bill and then withhold funding for the Department of Homeland Security offices tasked with carrying out the orders.



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Caroline Lee Smith is news editor of the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she worked as a reporter and editor for United Press International. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2012, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Mississippian. Caroline lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @cmlee. She can be reached at smith@freebeacon.com.

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