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Republicans eye strategy to block immigration plan

By Agencies in Washington and Naypyitaw, Myanmar ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-11-14 08:08:15

A growing number of Republicans in the US Congress want to use government spending bills as leverage to prevent US President Barack Obama from taking unilateral action to ease the country's immigration policies.

Senator Jeff Sessions, poised to lead the Senate Budget Committee next year, called on his fellow Republicans on Wednesday to press for a short-term spending bill extension into early next year and withhold funds necessary to implement any "unlawful amnesty" that Obama might order for immigrants who entered the US illegally.

He told reporters that a short-term extension into next year would allow a new Republican majority in the Senate to cut spending and be in a position to use spending bills to prevent Obama from issuing visas and identification cards to such immigrants.

Republicans eye strategy to block immigration plan

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