President Obama gave forewarning that Congress’s failure to act on the border crisis will force him to use executive action to address it.
“I’m going to have to act alone, because we don’t have enough resources,” he said on Friday from the White House briefing room, saying the administration will have to reallocate funding in the meantime to cover basic functions. “We’ve already been very clear: We’ve run out of money.”
The House is still working on a bill to address to border situation, and is expected to vote on it later in the day. The Senate, on the other hand, has already left for the August recess.
The president pulled no punches in his comments regarding the House’s decision to pull a bill yesterday, and took shots at the Republican infighting.
“In circumstances where even basic, commonsense, plain-vanilla legislation can’t pass because House Republicans consider it somehow a compromise of their principles, or giving Obama a victory, then we’ve got to take actions. Otherwise, we’re not going to be making progress on the things American people care about,” he said.