Obama meets with Congressional leaders after the Republican Victory
President Barack Obama met on Friday with congressional leaders at a luncheon in which much of the time was spent immigration reform, a pending political battle that may be charged with new energy Republican victory in parliamentary elections. During the two-hour lunch at a small private dining room, Obama said to Republican lawmakers he is committed to using their executive order to ease some restrictions on undocumented residents powers, the White House said.
Republicans in the House of Representatives have consistently refused to advance legislation on immigration. “We said it would be a toxic decision,” said Sen. John Barrasso, told Reuters in a telephone interview after lunch.
President of the House of Representatives, Republican John Boehner, Obama asked Republicans to stop work on the reform and modernization of the immigration laws at the beginning of the new period, Barrasso said. A visibly irritated Obama, who had previously said he was losing patience with the failure of the House of Representatives, chaired by Biden, the source said.In a statement, Boehner said Obama warned that the use of executive orders to the immigration issue could “wipe out any options” for Congress to consider comprehensive reform.
He said a decision would “make it more difficult for Congress and the White House to work together successfully in other areas where there might be some points”.
President Barack Obama acknowledged Wednesday that Republicans had a “good night” after achieving comfortable election victories in Congress and said he had received the message from voters that it was their responsibility to end the political stalemate in Washington. The Republican Party won control of the Senate Tuesday and captured more than significant majority in the House of Representatives in more than 60 years, in addition to winning the election in more than half of the 36 governorships in dispute.
“As president, I have the sole responsibility to try and make this [sic] work,” said the president at a news conference in the White House. “So to all those who voted want you to know that I hear you,” he added. Midterm Elections gave the Republicans a majority in both houses of Congress for the first time since 2006. This give them their first opportunity to exercise dominance since Obama took office nearly six years ago.
The president, who has had to deal with the continuing crisis and whose level of popularity caused many Democrats campaign to distance themselves from the White House, plans to set an agenda with Congressional leaders. On Wednesday, he spoke with Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who became the new majority leader in the Senate, and the Speaker of the House John Boehner representatives.
Across the country, Republicans made their cases based on strong criticism against Obama and his political campaigns.
The White House tried to anticipate the midterm losses, but Democrats were surprised by the extent of the victories of Republicans, including governors in states that had always been blue.
Despite the progress of the Republicans, the choices are not necessarily a support for its policies. Democrats led initiatives such as minimum wage hike and legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana were successful in some states where the election parallel consultations were conducted.
When the new Congress convenes in January, Republicans will have their strongest majority in the House since the first term of Democrat President Harry Truman in the late 1940s. Although there are still some races to be decided, NBC News projected Republicans will win at least 244 seats in the 435-seat lower house. The Republican majority will force Obama to retreat on his ambitions to issue executive actions that do not require legislative approval or support initiatives with bipartisan support, such as trade agreements and tax reform.
This will test your ability to reach agreements with their political rivals. Asked about the political landscape ahead of him, Obama said his administration is always looking for ways to improve things, but the principles of management are maintained.
Indeed, the president warned that before end of year plans to proceed with enforcement action over an expected immigration reform, but he encouraged Congress to pass a comprehensive law on the subject to avoid issuing decrees.
“What I will do is just wait,” Obama said at a news conference.
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