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John Boehner threatens Obama over possible immigration action

Friday, 07 November 2014

At a press briefing today, House Speaker John Boehner warned President Obama not to act alone on immigration.

The new Congress hasn't even been sworn in yet and both sides are already slinging mud. After President Obama vowed that he would use executive orders where he could, House Speaker John Boehner warned the president not to over step his boundaries.

One of the most controversial topics in American politics is immigration. Never has one issue continued to stall as long as immigration has in the United States Congress. With the Democrats holding control of the Senate over the last eight years, they have brought up multiple peices of legislation on Immigration, but have never had enough support from Republicans to pass anything. Last year, Democrats attempted to pass legislation that would increase border security, while also creating a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. Republicans labeled the attempt by Democrats as amnesty, and the bill was halted.

During a press conference on Thursday, President Obama promised that he would sign an executive order on immigration by the end of the year. The word quickly spread through conservatives circles, and the Republicans were quick to fire back. Speaking at a November 6 news conference in Washington, House Speaker John Boehner warned that there would be dire consequences if Obama acted on immigration without the approval of Congress. “He’s going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path,” Boehner said of the president, before noting, "he will poison the well and there will be no chance for immigration reform moving in this Congress."

Boehner insisted that Obama think before he acts, saying, "when you play with matches, you run the risk of burning yourself." The fight over immigration isn't the only issue that Republicans will have with Obama and the Democrats. Also during the news conference, Boehner said that the House will vote once again to repeal Obamacare, Obama's landmark piece of legislation. Obama has said they he would veto any repeal that lands on his desk, but Republicans will look to continue the fight into the new year. To date, Republicans have attempted to repeal Obamacare over 50 times, resulting in a cost to taxpayers of over $70 million.


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