House Speaker John Boehner warned President Obama that executive would “erase any chances of doing immigration reform,” during a bicameral, bipartisan meeting at the White House Friday to discuss a path forward following the midterm elections.
According to a readout of the meeting released by the Speaker’s Office, the topics at hand during the afternoon meeting included the economy, immigration, and ISIS.
On immigration, the Speaker cautioned that not only would Obama’s promised executive amnesty sabotage immigration reform, it would also harm other legislative efforts.
“The Speaker warned that unilateral action by the president on executive amnesty will erase any chances of doing immigration reform and will also make it harder for Congress and the White House to work together successfully on other areas where there might otherwise be common ground,” his office relayed.
A readout of the same meeting released by the White House, however, noted that Obama “reiterated his commitment to taking action on immigration reform in light of the House’s inability to pass a comprehensive bill.”
Prior to the meeting, a House Republican leadership aide stressed that the the top issue of the election was jobs and the economy.
“Republican leaders will remind the president that the list of House-passed jobs bills is a great place to start for immediate, bipartisan action to help create more private-sector American jobs,” the aide emailed.
And Boehner did, according to his office, point to the more than 40 House-passed jobs bills that could help create more jobs.
“He has previously said that building the Keystone pipeline, restoring the 40-hour work week, encouraging our businesses to hire more veterans, and supporting innovative charter schools are examples of the types of common-sense solutions that offer a good starting point in January,” the meeting readout elaborated.
Boehner also encouraged Obama to send a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to Congress for approval and said House Republicans would work to get it approved.