WASHINGTON, DC – At a press briefing with Republican leaders today, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) took President Obama to task for his recent unilateral action on immigration, saying the president’s overreach has made “it harder for the American people and their elected representatives to trust his word on any issue.” Following are Boehner’s remarks:
“The American people want both parties to focus on solutions to our still-struggling economy. This week we’ll pass important legislation to help families with special needs and to prevent tax hikes on millions of families and small businesses.
“The president, on the other hand, has ignored the will of the American people and he’s refused to listen. … His decision to take unilateral action on immigration – action he himself said exceeded his authority – makes it harder for the American people and their elected representatives to trust his word on any issue.
“I said before Thanksgiving that Republicans would fight his unilateral actions. We’re looking at a variety of options, both for right now and when Republicans control both Houses of the Congress next year. And we’ll continue to discuss with our members a number of options, in terms of how we will deal with this, in consultation, again, with the members - but no decisions have been made at this point.”