Upping the ante against the unilateral executive decisions taken by the US government, the Congressional Republicans on Friday said that they are likely to develop a series of showdowns over the funding of the government in an attempt to force President Barack Obama to take back his expected plans to revamp the immigration system of the country.
In place of clearing a spending bill meant at funding the government through the end of this fiscal, the Republicans are mulling over passing a short-term measure that would expire in early 2015. These sentiments were expressed by over a dozen top lawmakers and their associates.
Reports suggest that the Republicans would favour passing other short-term bills as soon as the Congress reconvenes in the new year. The bills favoured by them are designed in such a way so as to create a forum to push back against Obama and also to gain concessions.
The insiders said that the Republicans have also planned to file a lawsuit against the American President over his use of executive authority.
The Republicans are coming up with their series of efforts in order to pressurize the President to give up and backtrack his expected executive orders that will lead to crucial changes in the immigration policy, including the protection of millions from deportation.
When asked about the role of budget and conflicts related to it in affecting the President’s mind, the White House underlined one of the comments made by Obama over the immigration issue in Burma. During his address, the US President has said that the Congress has had ample amount of time to act on the immigration reform.
“I would use all the lawful authority that I possess to try to make the system work better. And that’s going to happen. That’s going to happen before the end of the year,” Obama had said adding that he would be standing by his statement in case the Congress fails to act over the severe issue.
Meanwhile, the Republican leaders are seeing a short-term measure as a method to pacify the Conservatives within their ranks, who have urged for an aggressive reaction against the ‘unconstitutional’ overreach by Obama.