Mick Mulvaney on Fox Business’ Varney and Company

I joined Fox Business’ Varney and Company to discuss the Audit the Fed bill and my exchange with Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen during a recent financial services hearing.

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Conservatives Reject McConnell Plan to End Immigration, Homeland Security Stalemate

From the Daily Signal

As the Friday deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security nears, House Conservatives are fighting a new Senate plan for preventing a partial shutdown of the agency.

Under Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal, his chamber would vote first on a measure to fund Homeland Security and then hold a separate vote on a bill to undo the immigration executive actions President Obama took in November.

By untying the immigration legislation from the Homeland Security funding bill, McConnell, R-Ky., hopes to make it harder for Democrats to oppose.

But very quickly, it became clear the strongest resistance to that plan will come from his own party.

“I have no interest in doing that or supporting that,” said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C., in an interview this afternoon with The Daily Signal. “It’s more smoke and mirrors, isn’t it? It’s more designed to be able to look like you’re doing something to the folks back home when you know you are doing absolutely nothing.”

He added:

“I don’t know how you tell people back home that elections have consequences if we pass a clean Homeland Security bill. If we do, folks back home have the right to ask the question, ‘Would this have been different if Democrats were still in charge of the Senate?’ And I think the answer apparently is no: That elections don’t have consequences in the United States Senate. I think that’s unacceptable to the folks back home and it’s unacceptable to me. I have spent too much time and money trying to help Republicans get elected to the Senate to be told that it doesn’t make a difference.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert, a Texas Republican and outspoken opponent of Obama’s immigration policies, also came out strongly against passing a “clean” Homeland Security funding bill.

“Regarding the reported new Senate plan to have a ‘clean’ DHS funding bill separate from a vote on stopping the new royal amnesty decree, there is nothing ‘clean’ about allowing an illegal, despotic action in direct defiance of the U.S. Constitution, so I can’t support it,” Gohmert told The Daily Signal in an email.

With funding for Homeland Security set to expire Friday, and facing Democratic resistance to a House-passed funding bill, McConnell felt he had to compromise.

Senate Democrats haven’t allowed debate on the House-passed bill, which funds Homeland Security while undoing major portions of Obama’s immigration policy, including his recent executive actions and an earlier program that allowed immigrants who entered the country illegally as children to stay.

“I don’t know what’s not to like about this,” McConnell said. “This is an approach that respects both points of view.”

Even if the McConnell could persuade seven Democrats to side with him in order to get 60 votes required to overcome a filibuster in the Senate, the House would have to approve his plan.

In a statement to reporters, Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, signaled that would not happen.

“The Speaker has been clear: the House has acted, and now Senate Democrats need to stop hiding,” Steel said. “Will they continue to block funding for the Department of Homeland Security or not?”

Boehner’s position reflects the challenge he will have in convincing enough House conservatives to back the Senate plan.

Conservatives argue that the urgency to pass legislation repealing Obama’s immigration actions goes away if the effort is not tied to funding Homeland Security.

A spokesman for Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., another hardline conservative, amounted McConnell’s proposal to a “cop out.”

“What McConnell has isn’t a plan but a cop out,” said Tristan Daedalus, the spokesman. “The whole point of restricting funds from being used for unconstitutional orders inside the funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security is to exercise the power of the purse. By divorcing these two pieces of the bill, the Majority Leader is showing that he is more concerned with acquiescing to the ridiculous demands of the Democratic Caucus than for standing up for the institution of Congress.”

Mulvaney, who has said in the past that he favors legal status for some of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. unlawfully, insists he is willing to compromise with opponents to the House plan.

For example, he would support the Senate if it were to pass a bill — still tied to Homeland Security funding — that only rejects Obama’s 2014 immigration actions, and not the president’s 2012 program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an initiative that benefits young immigrants.

But he will only give so much.

“I have told Senators privately and publically I am willing to vote for something less than what the House sent over,” Mulvaney said. “I am still prepared to compromise. I don’t want to make it look like I am one of those guys who is my way or the highway. But I will not support a clean Homeland Security bill. If he [McConnell] has the votes for that, God bless him. But I think he should count on folks willing to call it like it is, which is a ruse.”

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The President is expected to veto the Keystone jobs bill today. I can assure you that this fight isn’t over.

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House passes bill to defund Obama’s immigration orders

The Hill

The House voted Wednesday to block funding for President Obama’s immigration orders, firing the first shot in a high-stakes battle over deferred deportations for the millions of people who are in the country illegally.

The measure passed in a 236-191 vote, with 10 Republicans voting against it and two Democrats voting in favor.

Democrats rallied against the bill, which would fund the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through September, after Republicans adopted a series of contentious amendments that take aim at facets of Obama’s immigration policy.

One of the amendments would choke off funding for Obama’s executive action announced in November, which would allow some illegal immigrants to stay in the country and obtain work permits.

A second amendment would halt the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), which lifts deportation for some illegal immigrants who came to the United States as children.

The defunding amendment was adopted in a 237-190 vote, with seven Republicans voting no, while the DACA amendment was approved 218-209, with 26 Republicans defecting.

House Democrats were unified in opposition to both provisions.

The 10 Republican no votes on the final legislation came from Reps. Justin Amash (Mich.), Mike Coffman (Colo.), Carlos Curbelo (Fla.), Jeff Denham (Calif.), Mario Díaz-Balart (Fla.), Robert Dold (Ill.), Renee Ellmers (N.C.), Thomas Massie (Ky.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.) and David Valadao (Calif.).

The two Democrats voting in favor were Reps. Brad Ashford (Neb.) and Collin Peterson (Minn.).

Before the votes began, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made a rare speech on the House floor in support and quoted 22 times when Obama said he didn’t have the authority to unilaterally rewrite immigration law.

“We are dealing with a president who has ignored the people, ignored the Constitution, and even his own past statements,” Boehner said.

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.), one of the co-sponsors of the amendment to defund the November actions, said lawmakers needed to stand up to avoid setting a new precedent where the executive branch is allowed to flout the will of Congress.

“Law is not made because Congress fails to act. Law is made in this room when we do act,” Mulvaney said during floor debate.

Mulvaney pledged that he would join Democrats in opposing similar unilateral action from a Republican president.

“I will the first to be here with you to stand against that to fight back,” Mulvaney said.

Three other amendments that were folded into the spending bill would prioritize deportation for illegal immigrants convicted of sexual abuse and domestic violence; promote the hiring of U.S. citizens above those who are in the country illegally, and express the sense of Congress the administration should “stop putting the interest of immigrants who worked within the legal framework to come to the US behind those who came here illegally.”

All five amendments were attached to a nearly $40 billion bill that would fund DHS through September. Congress must fund the department by Feb. 27 or it could shut down.

House Republicans say they are acting well ahead of the deadline to give the Republican Senate enough time to consider the package. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has said the upper chamber would focus on the bill in February, which could lead to a showdown with Democrats at the eleventh hour.

The White House has already promised that President Obama would veto the DHS bill if “ideological provisions” were tied to it.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) accused Republicans of “picking an unnecessary political fight” and vowed the House bill “will not pass the Senate.”

“Tearing families apart does nothing to secure our borders, fix our broken immigration system or strengthen our economy. This is not a game and it is time for Republicans to take their responsibility to govern seriously, instead of playing to the most extreme voices in their party.”

After Wendesday’s vote, House Republicans headed out of Washington to attend a joint retreat with Senate Republicans in Hershey, Pa., where the party’s next moves on immigration are likely to be a matter of fierce debate.

Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) noted that House Republican leaders had presented a set ofimmigration reform principles for a potential legislative overhaul at their retreat just one year ago.

“Wow. Time flies when you’re playing politics with people’s lives,” Gutiérrez said. “What are the headlines today? Behold the Republican immigration strategy, mass deportation.”

Gutiérrez said the amendments to undo President Obama’s actions would ultimately hurt Republicans in the long run.

“The fruits of your action today will only cause anger and outrage and the mobilization of an immigrant community throughout this nation that will be the death nail to the future of your party as an institution,” Gutiérrez said.

The base bill’s other key provisions include increased funding for Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the Secret Service.

The bill decreases funding from the last fiscal year for the Transportation Security Administration, the Coast Guard and for the department’s research and development activities.

The DHS funding bill also includes $10.7 billion for Customs and Border Protection, an increase of nearly $119 million above last year’s funding level, and nearly $6 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an increase of $689 million.

Those provisions are intended to boost border surveillance and to finance more detention beds for illegal immigrants, following last summer’s border crisis, when officials struggled to handle an enormous influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America.

In response to last year’s Secret Service scandal involving numerous security breaches, the bill provides $1.7 billion in funding to remedy those failures and to prepare and train officers for the 2016 presidential election. That’s an increase of $80.5 million above the level enacted for fiscal 2014.

The bill also provides about $753 million for cybersecurity operations, which is a $39 million decrease from the level enacted for 2014.

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National Taxpayer Group Endorses Mulvaney

(Alexandria, VA) – Many eyes may be focused on challengers to Congress’s culture of borrow-and-spend, but Americans shouldn’t overlook the incumbents who’ve been tried-and-true allies of taxpayers throughout 2013 and 2014. That’s why the National Taxpayers Union Campaign Fund (NTUCF) today announced it has endorsed 36 current Congressional officeholders for reelection. NTUCF is the political action arm of the National Taxpayers Union.

“It’ll take a combination of tenacious veterans, recently-tested tax-fighters, and many energetic newcomers to get the nation’s finances back on the path to sustainability,” said NTUCF President Pete Sepp. “These 36 incumbents, including thrifty freshman and superstar lawmakers with various terms in office, make up an elite pro-taxpayer cadre that will lead our country to a brighter fiscal future. Each and every one of them has the full support of NTUCF, and they’ve earned an enthusiastic reelection vote from their Districts’ taxpayers too.”

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