Boehner To Obama: You’ve Said You Lack Authority For Executive Amnesty

AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

During congressional leaders’ meeting with President Obama Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner highlighted that the president has said numerous times that he lacks the authority to enact executive amnesty.

“[T]he speaker reminded the president that he himself had stated publicly many times in the past that he did not have the power to rewrite immigration law through executive action,” says a read out from the Speaker’s office.

According to the his office, Boehner stressed that the House would move forward with the Department of Homeland Security funding bill and that it would include amendments that will combat Obama’s executive amnesty.

Speaking to reporters before the meeting — which also included Vice President Joe Biden as well as House and Senate leadership from both parties — Boehner recalled again Obama’s previous habit of saying he could not take unilateral action on immigration.

“The president said 22 times that he did not have the authority to do what he eventually did. He knows the truth here and so do the American people and our job is to listen to the American people and hold the president accountable,” Boehner said.

The meeting, according to Boehner’s office, also included discussions on a range of issues, including the economy, immigration, the Keystone XL pipeline, Authorization for the Use of Military Force to take on ISIS, and cybersecurity.