Decoder Voices Can Republicans roll back Obama's executive order? It's hard but not impossible

There is nothing hindering Republicans from pursuing a response to Obama’s executive order. But they need non-filibusterable, must-pass legislation as leverage to force the president to accept their terms.

By , Decoder contributor

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Republicans have rallied behind the idea of defunding President Obama’s executive order on immigration either through the omnibus or a rescission – a bill passed after an appropriations bill. However, this plan ran into some speed bumps. As Jennifer Hing, House Appropriations Committee spokesperson, points out, Citizen and Immigration Services (CIS), the agency that processes immigration petitions and deportations, is funded through application fees. That means its funding is not subject to annual appropriations bills. And as a result, there is nothing Congress can do to defund the executive order.