Scott Wong --- The Hill
Republican leaders are so far refusing to telegraph their strategy for combating President Obama’s unilateral action on immigration. But they’re under enormous pressure from the right to act fast.
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) have no shortage of options. The question is whether any of them would stop Obama in his tracks.
Aides to GOP leadership say one weapon in their armory would be for Republicans to sue the president, either by expanding the GOP’s current lawsuit against him on ObamaCare or bringing new legal action.
Republicans, who will take over the Senate in January, have also threatened to block all of Obama’s executive branch nominees, unless the president reverses his plan shielding up to 5 million immigrants in the country illegally from deportation.
The strategy will most certainly include legislation. Senior Republicans have signaled they plan to quickly take up a bill similar to one by Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) that would bar any federal funding from being used for Obama’s unilateral actions.
But GOP leaders will need to show quick results if they are to mollify restless rank-and-file members and right-wing activists.
Conservative lawmakers and outside groups are furious with leadership for negotiating and passing a trillion-dollar omnibus spending package last week that funded almost the entire government through September but did little to challenge Obama’s immigration action.
Tea Party lawmakers have derided the legislation as a vote for “amnesty.” The super-PAC linked to the Senate Conservatives Fund began running $80,000 worth of radio ads blasting Boehner, McCarthy and Scalise for caving in the immigration fight.