White House: Republicans Know Plan To Defund Amnesty Will Fail

AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster

White House Senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer doesn’t think that Republicans will succeed in defending President Obama’s executive amnesty in 2015.

“I think that Republicans know that they have little to no leverage there,” he explained to The Huffington Post’s Jen Bendery and Sam Stein during a “Drinking And Talking” interview.

Pfeiffer suggested that Republicans wouldn’t have the political momentum to sustain a mini-shutdown over funding for the Department of Homeland Security.

“Are they going to shut down the Department of Homeland Security to demand to undo our executive action?” Pfeiffer challenged. “I don’t think they’re going to do that.”

He predicted that Republicans wouldn’t actually sustain significant opposition to the president’s veto, but admitted that they might try.

“I mean it’s possible that insanity will prevail upon the house Republican caucus as it did last October during the shutdown,” he said.

Pfeiffer added that Obama would veto any bill including a rider attempting to block funding for his amnesty initiative for millions of illegal immigrants.