Rep. Renee Ellmers targets White House salaries over executive amnesty

In retaliation for Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.) has introduced legislation to rescind funds for White House salaries and expenses:

The measure would cancel remaining unobligated funds for the current fiscal year through September. Unobligated funds are budgetary authority that hasn’t yet been committed by the government to any binding activity, such as a contract.

The bill’s “findings” section declares that “the president has failed to fulfill his duty to enforce immigration law” and, therefore, “it stands to reason that when you do not fulfill your responsibilities, you typically lose your compensation.”

“As the House of Representatives holds the power of the purse strings, it’s time we hold the president accountable for his blatant disregard of the Constitution as it applies to immigration and other areas of his presidency,” Ellmers said in a statement.

This is a bit of a change in tune for Ellmers, who previously opposed the House GOP’s bill to defund Obama’s amnesty and also voted against an amendment to undo the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.