Fresh off his party’s big win on Election Day, Speaker John Boehner took a hard line with President Barack Obama and Democrats on Thursday, vowing a vote on repealing Obamacare early in 2015 in a direct challenge to the president’s signature legislative accomplishment.
Boehner also warned Obama not to take executive action banning deportations of undocumented immigrants, and the Ohio Republican said Congress would react strongly if the president did so. While Boehner has long ruled out any talk of impeachment proceedings, he made clear the GOP-controlled Congress would find other ways to retaliate against the Obama administration.
“When you play with matches, you take the risk of burning yourself,” Boehner warned. “And [Obama] is going to burn himself if he continues to go down this path. The American people made clear on Election Day they want to get things done, and they don’t want the president to act on a unilateral basis.”
Backed by the biggest House GOP majority in nearly 80 years, Boehner looked confident and sounded ready to move ahead with a broad agenda on energy, tax cuts and reducing government regulation. His message was clear – the Republicans are in charge of Capitol Hill, and they intend to move quickly on their agenda in the next Congress. Boehner never mentioned the word “compromise” once in his news conference.
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