In an interview with AP this week, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) refused to commit to defunding President Obama’s executive action on immigration, which the Republican leadership has roundly condemned.
Buried in the AP piece are McConnell’s non-committal comments on the Republican plan of action on immigration come January when the new fully-Republican-controlled Congress convenes. Here’s the passage:
On immigration, McConnell stopped short of pledging that Congress would block Obama’s recent executive actions curbing deportations for millions of people who are in the United States illegally.
Republicans strongly oppose Obama’s move and are gearing up for a fight on the issue in February, when money runs out for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees immigration matters. But the GOP’s options appear limited, and “exactly how the February episode unfolds I couldn’t tell you at this point,” McConnell said.
McConnell moved on to discussing the positive changes coming with the new Senate, promising a more open legislative process than that overseen by outgoing Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and denying that the presence of presidential hopefuls, like Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), would negatively affect the Senate’s operation.
“I think the Senate can survive presidential ambition,” he said, adding, “Serious adults are in charge here […] We’re going to change the Senate’s behavior, and hopefully change the country in the process.”