House votes to support Texas's position against amnesty in Supreme Court case
The House voted Thursday to add its voice to the Supreme Court case seeking to stop President Obama’s deportation amnesty, escalating the stakes in what’s shaping up as a major re-calibration of presidential powers.Democrats supported Obama's order that many say is illegal. Then again, they are desperate to get new voters who are dependent on them.
Speaker Paul D. Ryan pushed the vote, saying he wanted the entire House to go on record defending its powers against encroachment by the executive branch.
“This is not a question of whether or not we are for or against any certain policy,” Mr. Ryan said. “Members who are making immigration policy arguments are missing the point here. This comes down to a much more fundamental question. It is about the integrity of our Constitution.”
The 234-181 vote gives Mr. Ryan the power to file an amicus brief with the Supreme Court supporting Texas and more than two dozen other states that sued to stop the amnesty.