The House on Thursday easily passed a bill rebuking President Obama for his executive action that will grant legal work status to millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
The bill, sponsored by conservative stalwart Rep. Ted Yoho, passed on a 219 to 197 vote.
"The president thumbed his nose at the American people with his actions on immigration, and the House will make clear today that we are rejecting his unilateral actions," Boehner said at a press conference before of the vote. "The Unites States Senate should take up this bill and pass it. For the outgoing Senate Democrat majority to do anything less would be an act of monumental arrogance."
Yet many in the GOP Conference view the measure is largely symbolic as it will certainly not be taken up by the Senate. House Republican leaders brought it up to give their rank and file an avenue to channel their frustration over what they see as a constitutional violation in Obama's executive order.
Instead, members are channeling their frustration at leadership. The legislation was meant to ease passage of an omnibus appropriations bill, but the Republicans who voted against Yoho's bill — and other conservatives who voted for it — are demanding that leadership do more in the appropriations package to block Obama's order.