Boehner: Spending Bill 'Sets Up a Direct Challenge' to Obama's Immigration Action--Later

By Susan Jones | December 10, 2014 | 11:11am EST

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

( - "Tomorrow we'll pass a responsible bill that keeps the government running," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) told a news conference on Wednesday.

He indicated that Republican efforts to block President Obama's executive amnesty will come next year, when the a Republican-led Congress takes charge:

"Without a threat of a government shutdown, this (bill) sets up a direct challenge to the president's unilateral actions on immigration when we have new majorities in both chambers of Congress. This is all part of preparing for a new American Congress, which will bring new opportunities to help middle class families and get our economy moving again."

Boehner said there's "a lot in this bill," but he didn't give specifics, nor did he say how the bill sets up a "direct challenge" to Obama's immigration action.

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), echoing Boehner, said the bill "finally sets up a battle in just a few weeks with the president on immigration and his attempt at illegal action -- when we have a Republican Senate that can actually move legislation through the process that puts a check on this president and the things he's trying to do that are illegal."

Scalise also said the bill reduces the IRS budget by more than $340 million and cuts EPA staffing levels. 

"It does a number of other important things," Scalise said: "It actually stops the EPA from trying to regulate lead, something that's led to a run on ammunition all across the country. It's hard to even find ammo at a Wal-mart because of the threat of the EPA regulating lead in firearm ammunition, and so we blocked the EPA from doing that."

The Associated Press reported that the $1.1 trillion spending bill will fund the entire government -- including Obamacare -- through Sept. 30, 2015, the end of the fiscal year, except for the Homeland Security Department, which includes immigration services.

Funding for DHS will run out on Feb. 27, and as that deadline approaches, Republicans apparently will try to block money for President Obama's immigration dictates.

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) said Boehner told fellow Republicans at a Wednesday morning meeting that the immigration "fight will be done at the end of February when the troops, when the cavalry comes," a reference to the GOP takeover of the Senate.

White House: We'll consider whether or not to sign it

Shortly after Boehner spoke, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said a "top-line" review of the spending bill indicates that it includes funding for some of the president's priorities, such as early childhood education; but it also includes some Republican priorities that "undermine the president's efforts to reform our broken immigration system" as well as an attempt to cut carbon pollution.

"At the same time, this is a compromise proposal -- Democrats and Republicans have signed onto it, and that's why we're going to review -- I'm confident there are going to be some things in here that we're not going to like," Earnest said.

"And so we'll have to sort of consider, you know, the whole package before we make a decision about whether or not to sign it. So we'll keep you posted on that."

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