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DTP noon update: Senate Maj “Leader” #mitchmcconnell appears ready to bow to Obama rather than live up to his oath

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DTP Noon 1-minute update bannerThe Congressional oath of office is quite clear: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.

The purpose of the oath is to publicly declare that the duties of the office take precedence over all other considerations. Senator McConnell has taken this oath many times and made such a public declaration.

The issue of funding President Obama’s apparent unconstitutional actions to legalize illegal aliens is quite simple. From where does Senator McConnell have the constitutional authority to vote to authorize the federal government to expend funds to pay for an unconstitutional act of the President? Either Senator McConnell believes the president’s actions are constitutional or he does not. If he does, then he should encourage his Republican majority to vote with the D’s for funding the DHS without the House-introduced prohibitions. If he thinks the president’s action is unconstitutional, then the only way to faithfully discharge his duties—presumably taken “without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion”—is to NOT fund the unconstitutional actions and to exercise every power he has as majority leader to make this happen. There is no middle ground. The oath does not give him an escape clause for trying.

The IRS Commissioner has now admitted that the illegal aliens legalized by the president’s unconstitutional executive orders will now to be given tax refunds even if they paid no taxes and/or worked under falsified SS numbers. These refunds would be funds—your tax dollars— not authorized by Congress. By what constitutional power does the president have the unilateral authority to appropriate and authorize federal spending? He does not. This is a clear legislative power. Hence, is this not further proof that his unilateral actions were unconstitutional? On top of this are growing concerns of voter fraud once these illegal aliens have driver’s licenses and SS cards. The Ohio Secretary of State has raised these concerns.

A key test for Senator McConnell is whether he will put rules of the Senate ahead of his oath. The 60-vote majority needed to open a bill to debate is a rule, not a constitutional requirement. The Senate changed the rule for approving Obama’s nominees to shut out R’s. The nominees were approved. The rule change didn’t negate the Senate approval. It’s time to play hardball. Senate rules must not stop McConnell from fulfilling his oath to defend the Constitution!

Our hope is that Senator McConnell is walking the Senate through a carefully defined strategy to force the D’s into a corner and get the House bill to the White House.

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