Republicans warn Obama on executive action: ‘He’s going to burn himself’


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House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday hit back against President Obama’s threats to grant amnesty to millions of illegals with a threat of his own.

“If you play with matches and you take the risk of burning yourself, and he’s going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path,” Boehner said. “The American people made it clear election day they want to get things done and they don’t want the president acting on a unilateral basis.”

Boehner’s comments come on the heels of a group led by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, writing a letter to current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Wednesday expressing displeasure with the president’s threats and threatening retaliation under the Constitution.

“We write to express our alarm with President Obama’s announced intention to take unilateral executive action by the end of this year to lawlessly grant amnesty to immigrants who have entered the country illegally,” read the letter. “As majority leader of the Senate, you have the responsibility of not only representing the citizens of your State, but also of protecting the Constitution through vigilant exercise of the checks and balances provided under the Constitution.”

“Should you decline to defend the Senate and the Constitution from executive overreach, the undersigned Senators will use all procedural means necessary to return the Senate’s focus during the lame duck session to resolving the constitutional crisis created by President Obama’s lawless amnesty.”

The letter was signed by Cruz, Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), Jeff Sessions (R_Ala.) and David Vitter (R-La.).

Cruz, Boehner and co. did not specify what actions would be taken but Congress does have to pass some type of spending bill when they return. These threats could signal a potential government shutdown should the president decide to act unilaterally.

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