House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday said "all options are on the table" to prevent President Barack Obama from taking executive action on immigration, including the threat of another government shutdown.
Boehner told reporters that his goal is "not to shut down the government" but that "all options are on the table. We are having conversations with our members."
Some Republicans in Congress support attaching language to a funding bill that would prohibit the president from using federal funds to implement his promised action on immigration. Such language could lead to a political show down in the Democratically controlled Senate similar to the Obamacare debate that halted the government in 2013.
Congress has until mid-December to act to prevent another shutdown.
Boehner’s assertion contradicts what incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said earlier in the day. "We’ll not be shutting the government down or threatening to default on the national debt," McConnell said.
— Luke Russert, Alex Moe and Andrew Rafferty