President Obama on Sunday defended his upcoming executive actions on immigration, saying Congress can simply pass a bill if it objects.

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“There is a very simple solution to this perception that somehow I'm exercising too much executive authority: pass a bill I can sign on this issue,” Obama said at a press conference in Brisbane, Australia, where he was attending a G-20 summit, according to ABC News. 

Responding to talk that Republicans could seek to block immigration action through a government-funding bill, Obama pointed to incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes McConnell tees up government funding votes amid stalemate MORE's (R-Ky.) vows that there will not be another government shutdown. 

“I take Mitch McConnell at his word when he says the government will not shut down. No reason for it to shut down,” Obama said, The Washington Post reports. “We’ve traveled that path before. It’s bad for country; it’s bad for every elected official in Washington.”

Immigration dominated the Sunday political shows, with guests including Sens. Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillIranian attacks expose vulnerability of campaign email accounts Ex-CIA chief worries campaigns falling short on cybersecurity Ocasio-Cortez blasts NYT editor for suggesting Tlaib, Omar aren't representative of Midwest MORE (D-Mo.), Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Pence says Turkey agrees to ceasefire | Senators vow to move forward with Turkey sanctions | Mulvaney walks back comments tying Ukraine aid to 2016 probe On The Money: Senate fails to override Trump veto over border emergency | Trump resort to host G-7 next year | Senators to push Turkey sanctions despite ceasefire | McConnell tees up funding votes Senate fails to override Trump veto over emergency declaration MORE (R-Utah) and John ThuneJohn Randolph ThuneGOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate War of words at the White House Lawmakers toast Greta Van Susteren's new show MORE (R-S.D.)

McCaskill said she’s “not crazy about” the idea of President Obama taking unilateral action on immigration reform but called on House Republicans to vote on the issue.

And while Lee said the U.S. is “not heading into a government shutdown” over the issue, Thune said House and Senate leaders “are having discussions” on how to react if Obama takes action on the lightning-rod issue as soon as this week.

--This report was updated at 2:19 p.m.