House Speaker John Boehner says Republicans will fight against any executive action by President Obama on immigration, while Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the president has history on his side. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) As U.S. House Republicans on Thursday (November 13) re-elected John Boehner as speaker, congressional Republicans vowed to fight U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to change immigration laws through executive action. During a press conference, Boehner told reporters he would fight Obama "tooth and nail" over the issue. "You know, the President is threatening to take unilateral action on immigration, even though in the past he's made clear he didn't believe he didn't have the constitutional responsibility or authority to do that. And, I will just say this: we are going to fight the President tooth and nail if he continues down this path," Boehner said after a meeting with House Republicans. House conservatives are pressing Boehner to attach language to the spending bill that would block any money for federal agencies to give out any new visas or green cards. The debate over how to confront Obama is posing a sudden challenge for Republican leaders fresh off their victories during last week's midterm elections, which gave them control of both chambers of Congress for the first time in nearly a decade. A day after the election, Mitch McConnell, who will become Senate majority leader in January, said Republicans would not shut down the government, but Boehner said all options were on the table. Earlier, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters President Obama has precedence on his side to use executive action.