McConnell 'disturbed' by Obama's path
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Senate Republican leaders on Thursday warned President Obama not to issue the executive orders on immigration that are reportedly coming next week.

"I’ve been very disturbed about the way the president has proceeded in the wake of the election," Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBolton emerges as flashpoint in GOP debate on Iran On The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act MORE (R-Ky.) said Thursday after being elected majority leader in the next Congress.

McConnell cited Obama's "apparent decision to move ahead on immigration with executive orders."

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Still, the Kentucky Republican reiterated there would be no government shutdowns or debt defaults while the GOP is in charge, despite talk among some Republicans of seeking to stop Obama's immigration action through the appropriations process.

"We’re not shutting the government down or threatening to default on the national debt," McConnell said.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Obama's executive action could protect up to 5 million immigrants in the country illegally.

"I can't think of anything more discouraging," Sen. John CornynJohn CornynTrump's immigration push faces Capitol Hill buzzsaw The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - Restrictive state abortion laws ignite fiery 2020 debate Sinema, Gallagher fastest lawmakers in charity race MORE (R-Texas) said of the president's reported immigration actions.

"I hope the president would give us adequate time to be able to work together," he added.

McConnell said the president should recognize that Republicans will soon control Congress.

"We’d like for the president to recognize the reality that he has the government that he has, not the government that he wishes he had," McConnell said.