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Steve King: ‘We Don’t Have the Backbone’ in This Congress on Exec Amnesty Yet

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said that “we don’t have the backbone built inside this Congress yet” to fight the president’s executive action on immigration on Thursday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.”

In a discussion on President Obama’s executive action, King said “still, we don’t have the backbone built inside this Congress yet because people equivocate and they self-rationalize. Because people equivocate and they self-rationalize when they’re looking at a clear constitutional question, they’ll rationalize their way around it anyway.” He cited votes on amendments offered by him and Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Senator Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) procedural vote on the constitutionality of the president’s executive action.

He declared “here’s what’s at stake here: Do we love illegal immigrants more than we love the Constitution and the rule of law?”

King was also asked to name the number of “solid, Reagan conservatives” were in the GOP conference, to which he responded “it depends on the issue, I’d start with the number 70, and I’d go up or down from there depending on the issue…in the House”

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