Rubio eyes government funding as way to block Obama on immigration

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Tuesday his Republican colleagues would likely push to stop President Obama's executive action on immigration using government funding. 

Rubio told Breitbart News he is interested in seeing what kind of ideas his party comes up with when lawmakers return from the August recess. 

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"There will have to be some sort of a budget vote or a continuing resolution vote, so I assume there will be some sort of a vote on this,” Rubio said. “I’m interested to see what kinds of ideas my colleagues have about using funding mechanisms to address this issue. Beyond that, I’m not sure if the president is going to make this decision before we go back or after.”

Congress must pass a continuing resolution to fund the government when it returns from recess. Last year, Republicans' attempt to tie a proposal to defund ObamaCare to government funding led to a 16-day shutdown. 

President Obama has tasked his administration to come up with a set of actions he can take unilaterally on immigration reform due to the lack of action in Congress. He is expected to make a decision by the end of the summer. 

Rubio warned in a letter to Obama, however, that should the president take such sweeping action as extending deferred action for deportation to millions more people, he would risk hindering any lasting reform for the next decade. 

Rubio also said Obama's action could be devastating to Democrats and would ensure the Senate majority flips in the midterms. 

"So I’m interested to see what ideas my other colleagues have to address this when the debates come up about budget and spending," he said. "There’s a handful of Democrats that would probably be supportive of a reasonable approach to addressing an executive decision or prevent one from happening.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced legislation in July that would cut off new funding for the administration's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which forestalls the threat of deportation for some people who illegally came to the country as children before 2007.

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