David Axelrod tweets Obama: Get House to vote on immigration
David Axelrod, President Barack Obama's former senior adviser, said Thursday on Twitter that Obama should pause on executive action on immigration in exchange for a vote on immigration reform in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
Obama vowed this summer to reform the U.S. immigration system unilaterally after Congress failed to pass legislation, but then delayed action until after the midterms. He has now pledged to take executive action before the end of the year.
Axelrod noted that the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill in summer 2013 and suggested the House should be pressured into voting on the bill.
But even the bipartisan bill that passed the Senate has since lost support from even one of its most aggressive lobbyists, Republican Senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio.
Axelrod's strategy could put congressional Republicans -- who will have a majority in both houses come January -- in a bind.
Republicans warned that the President would \"poison the well\" by taking executive action on the issue, as House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell claimed on Wednesday.
\"When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself and he's going to burn himself if he continues to go down that path,\" Boehner said during a Thursday press conference.
Other Republican proponents of immigration reform, like Sen. Lindsey Graham, have urged the President to be patient and give the new Congress a chance on the issue.
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