A White House lunch aiming for cooperation boiled into a fresh dispute with newly empowered Republicans over immigration reform Friday, with GOP leaders warning President Barack Obama to his face not to take unilateral action. The president stood unflinchingly by his plan to act.
Republicans attending the postelection lunch at Obama's invitation said they asked him for more time to work on legislation, but the president said his patience was running out. He reiterated his intent to act on his own by the end of the year if they don't approve legislation to ease deportations before then and send it to him to sign.
The Republicans' approach, three days after they resoundingly won control of the Senate in midterm elections, "seemed to fall on deaf ears," Sen. John Cornyn of Texas said in a telephone interview. "The president instead of being contrite or saying in effect to America, 'I hear you,' as a result of the referendum on his policies that drove this last election, he seems unmoved and even defiant."
"I don't know why he would want to sabotage his last two years as president by doing something this provocative," said Cornyn.
The White House said that Obama laid out three areas where he and Congress could work together before the end of the year — emergency funding to combat the Ebola outbreak, approval of a federal budget and quick action on spending to fight the Islamic State militant group. And the White House said, "The president reiterated his commitment to taking action on immigration reform in light of the House's inability to pass a comprehensive bill."
The meeting was tense at times, according to a senior House Republican aide. The aide was not authorized to describe the back-and-forth publicly by name and spoke only on condition of anonymity.
Debra: Our Congress! Oh come now!
When has our sorry Congress stood up to this homo?
They may be able to block him, but they won't!
They have sold the citizens of America OUT!
It will be up to us if we want anything done!
I hate to say it, but that is a fact! CHECK IT OUT!
Our Congress is too afraid to go against obama!
Let him keep on making trouble for the democraps. They will take care of him.
He should have been arrested.
Well, there are TWO possible definitions of this. The BEST would be to make it easier to DEPORT the illegals, and prevent their entry. (seal the borders) I fear the Obumbum definition is to make it easier for his Little Buddies from around the world to enter and remain. I hope that he can be thwarted in his efforts!
Best for all of us would be his impeachment and removal! I don't hold out a lot of hope for that, but I can pray for it! Meantime, we should BREAK his pen, and TAKE his 'PHONE! Give him a crayon. No one willl pay attention to a 'law' written in crayon. especially Chartruse!(sp)
If the resounding win by the republican party in the 2014 midterms didn't show this fraud and usurper barack hussein obama "We The People " did not want his socialist policies I don't know what will .
He claims that the people who DIDN'T VOTE are carrying the mandate thet HE's right, and the rest of us a wrong. Talk about TWISTED!
You nailed it. What must go on in that screwed up head? Must be the Islamic education.
Legalize dueling for politicians.
Impeach him. What have we got to lose. Even Biden is better.
Some one should slap the cuffs on this maggot right now.
This tiny little wanna be king apparently has not heard the voice of the people ! LET IT BE KNOW THAT WE ARE TAKING OUR COUNTRY BACK.... and any little wanna be's will be crushed !!
Its time to arrest this so called human for treason against our country and punish him to the fullest extent of our laws !!