Rep. Steve King (R-IA), a favorite among tea party Republicans, told an audience on Tuesday that he would like to introduce a bill that, once enacted, would nullify every single law President Barack Obama has signed over the last three years.
King is running for reelection against Democrat Christie Vilsack, wife of former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack, who now serves as the U.S. Agriculture Secretary. The long-serving Iowa Republcian told onlookers at the Humboldt County Events Center that “Obamacare,” better known to policy makers as the Affordable Care Act, contains “a certain regenerative DNA” that would make the law “grow back on you like a bad seed” if all of it is not ripped out — which is why he wants a massive bill to do the impossible: reset U.S. legislative text to Jan. 19, 2009.
“If you don’t tighten the belt on Congress by insisting upon a balanced budget amendment to our Constitution, I’m afraid we don’t have five years before we go off the cliff into the abyss of an economic collapse for our country,” King added, according to quotes published by The Messenger newspaper in Iowa.
King also said he plans to sue President Obama over his executive order that places criminal immigrants atop the priorities list for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), saying that the president has granted “blanket amnesty to entire classes of people.” King has been threatening to bring the lawsuit since June, saying it is “very similar” to his successful 1999 lawsuit that overturned an order by Gov. Vilsack which sought to ban discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender government employees.
Far from granting amnesty, the president’s immigration order merely directed immigration agents to stop focusing on deporting students who were brought to the country illegally as children, and instead prioritize deporting potentially dangerous people with criminal backgrounds. The president has continued to insist that immigration reform must come from Congress, and that it will be a major focus of his second term should be be reelected in November.
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