Congressman Jeb Hensarling

Representing the 5th District of Texas

Hensarling Calls on Senate to Join House, Stop President’s Illegal Power Grab

Jan 28, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, joined Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC) and 42 other House conservatives in urging the United States Senate to take up the FY 2015 Homeland Security Appropriations Bill (H.R. 240) as soon as action is complete on Keystone XL legislation. The FY2015 Homeland Security Appropriations legislation, which the House passed earlier this month, would completely defund President Obama’s unconstitutional overreach on immigration.

“The president’s executive action on immigration is an unconstitutional power grab that tramples on the authority that the Constitution gives Congress – the people’s elected Representatives – over immigration. It ignores the separation of powers. We cannot let it stand. The House has heard the American people on this matter loud and clear. That’s why we passed a Homeland Security appropriations bill that completely funds our homeland security needs but also uses our constitutionally-granted power of the purse to fully defund President Obama’s unconstitutional executive action on immigration.  The House has fulfilled the will of the American people in this fight, and it’s now up to the Senate to do the same and put this bill on President Obama’s desk.  I urge the Senate to bring this important legislation up right away,” said Hensarling.

Full text of the letter is as follows:

Dear Senator McConnell—

We write today with two purposes.  First, thank you for taking up important energy legislation with the Keystone XL Pipeline bill. We understand the Senate will complete your work on this bill this week, and we are grateful that the House and Senate are finally working together to do the people’s business.

As you know, appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security expire after February 27, 2015. The House of Representatives has passed responsible legislation (H.R. 240) that funds the Department for the remainder of fiscal year 2015 and defends the separation of powers by stopping President Obama’s unconstitutional executive actions.

We write to urge you to bring H.R. 240 to the floor as soon as the Senate completes consideration of Keystone XL. We believe that Senate Republicans must honor the promise they made to the American people last year to stand firm against the President’s lawless actions and preserve Congress’ constitutional role as a lawmaking body. We believe that bringing H.R. 240 to the floor now is the first step in accomplishing this goal.

Thank you for your leadership on this issue and for your consideration of this important request.


Blessings in Liberty,

Members of Congress




To view a PDF of the letter with full list of signers, click here.