White House Doesn’t Commit to Vetoing Bill That Would Block Exec Amnesty

White House Doesn’t Commit to Vetoing Bill That Would Block Exec Amnesty

On Wednesday, the White House did not commit to vetoing a potential bill that would fund the government but prohibit President Barack Obama from using federal funds to implement his executive amnesty. 

Ahead of Obama’s Thursday prime-time executive amnesty announcement, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest was asked, “would the President veto a government funding bill that included a provision to prevent him from taking this action?”

“Well, it certainly would not be a proposal that the President would support, obviously.” Earnest responded. “But I think we would evaluate these individual proposals on the merits before we made a final decision. So we’ll see. I think it will also depend a little bit on what Republicans would choose to do in that situation as well.” 

Earnest was then asked to clarify his remarks: “So you don’t rule out the President signing into law something that would undo the very thing he’s going to announce tomorrow night?”

He responded, “Well, I think that seems–I think we’ll have to sort of evaluate for ourselves what sort of proposals Republicans put forward, so I wouldn’t want to hazard a guess at this point. But it won’t surprise you to hear proposals that are floated like that certainly would not be among the kinds of proposals we’d support.”

Republicans opposed to Obama’s executive amnesty have insisted that Congress, as it has done to prevent Obama from closing Guantanamo, put in specific language in the next bill that funds the government to bar the White House from using federal funds to implement the executive amnesty. 


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