Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have been trying to work out how to stop President Obama from altering US immigration policies.
Moderates within the Republican party have been resisting other members of the party who are looking to use government funding as a form of leverage.
Some Republicans have said that they are trying to find a way to stop the immigration plans without leading to a government shutdown.
Last year the US government was shut down for a total of 16 days while health insurance reforms were being debated leading to a stalemate.
According to Reuters, there has been a particularly vocal group of conservatives who are pressing to ban funds needed to implement any move that would allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay and work in the United States.
“There’s a wide diversity of thought as to how effective that would be,” said Representative Bill Flores of Texas, adding a shutdown “is not a good solution.”
This is one of the first challenges that has been presented to the Republican congressional leaders and has only gone to show that there are some very deep divisions within the parties which will be difficult to pull together to present a united front against the Democrats who suffered from heavy defeats in the recent mid term elections.
In January the Republicans will take over the control of the U.S. Senate and have an expanded majority in the House of Representatives but this will not prove to be an advantage if the party fails to come together and act as a united party against President Obama.
According to Reuters, the Republicans are considering a range of options to counter Obama, from legal challenges to targeted funding cuts and non-budget legislative approaches, said Representative Lynn Jenkins, the deputy head of the House Republican Conference.
“I think at the end of the day what you will see is some of all of the above,” Jenkins said.
“The power of the purse is what’s given to the House. That’s the check that we have against the White House,” said Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina. “To the extent that that’s the lever we have, that’s the lever we’ll use.”
There is no use in pushing forward at the moment however as the Senate continues to be controlled by the Democrats until January, so we may have to wait to see what the next move from the republicans is.