Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) suggested that immigration hawks might push to censure President Obama for issuing the executive orders that he unveiled this evening.
“That would be a direct message to the president,” King told a CNN panel, after suggesting the milder rebuke of a bill disapproving of the orders.
“I don’t want to do the last thing, I don’t want to do the I-word, nobody wants to throw the nation into that kind of turmoil,” King said, while refusing to rule out impeachment finally.
Nancy Pelosi proposed that the House censure Bill Clinton in 1998 as an alternative to impeachment.
“The power of Congress to censure is an obvious corollary of the legislature’s inherent power as a deliberative body to speak its mind,” the California Democrat said at the time.