On the first day of his 10th term, Rep. Robert Aderholt said he got right to work on trying to thwart the president’s recent actions on immigration.
“The laws of the land make it clear that it is illegal to enter the United States without going through the proper channels,” said the Republican from Haleyville, who also represents DeKalb County.
“The president’s order to enact amnesty, issued in November, circumvents Congress and sets a dangerous precedent.”
Aderholt, in an exclusive interview with the Times-Journal on Monday, said he was working on legislation to defund President Barack Obama’s executive action but didn’t expect it for several days. However, in a news release Tuesday afternoon, the congressman said he introduced it on the first day of the 114th Congress.
“It not only defunds the president’s actions towards amnesty but also removes the president’s discretion in the ability to grant work permits, Social Security and other federal benefits that go along with his order,” Aderholt said.
“My legislation will also put limits on the president’s future ability to enact such wide-reaching actions that circumvent the Constitution’s separation of powers. It returns legislative authority of our government back to the legislative branch.”
With longtime Rep. Spencer Bachus’ retirement, Aderholt is now the dean of Alabama’s House delegation. He’s also seeing the first time Obama, a Democrat, has worked with an all-Republican Congress.
But, Aderholt remains hopeful.
“I hope that Mr. Obama understands that the American people spoke very loudly during the election in November and want a new direction away from his liberal policies,” Aderholt said.
Aderholt and four other Alabama Republicans — Reps. Mo Brooks of Huntsville, Bradley Byrne of Fairhope, Martha Roby of Montgomery and Mike Rogers of Saks — all voted for Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, to return as speaker of the House, a position he’s held since 2011.
Bachus’ successor, Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Hoover, voted for Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mobile, as speaker.
Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, voted for former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., to be returned to her position.