The GOP has only just captured the Senate, and some members of the party may already be angling to force another government shutdown over President Obama’s proposed executive action on immigration. The circumstances and conditions of Obama’s immigration action aren’t yet clear, but he has floated the idea of protecting upwards of 6 million illegal immigrants from deportation. GOP critics say this move would amount to amnesty, and some want to use the budget discussions to fight it. Some members of the GOP have pushed back, hard. The newly elected Cory Gardner had the following to say, according to CNN:
“There’s no time, place or purpose of a government shutdown or default,” Gardner said Friday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “That’s simply ridiculous and something that a mature governing body doesn’t even contemplate. We ought to make it very clear that that’s simply not acceptable.”
This may very well be the first major test for the newly powerful GOP. If the party’s leaders can’t hold on the line on the promise they made to avoid a shutdown, then their ability to shepherd through a productive legislation agenda looks much more doubtful. If they can find a better way to address the President’s proposed executive action, their prospects for the next several years look more hopeful.