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Obama’s immigration plan has Republicans ready for funding fight

After President Obama’s address to the nation on immigration, the GOP is gearing up to push back against the plan, said Washington Post reporter Robert Costa in a conversation with Gwen Ifill. While Democrats were excited by the potential for connecting with Hispanic voters in 2016, Costa predicted that Republicans could retaliate by refusing to approve government funding, set to expire Dec. 11.

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  • GWEN IFILL:

    For a look at what lies ahead in Congress, we turn to Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa.

    Did the president say anything that the people you talk to on Capitol Hill, Robert, will feel persuaded by?

  • ROBERT COSTA, The Washington Post:

    Especially not Republicans. I don’t think they will be persuaded.

    The question is how combative are Republicans going to be? The leadership would like to fund the government. They would like to fund it through the end of the fiscal year, while conservatives are already spoiling for a fight. My e-mail inbox is a flurry of angry responses from Republican lawmakers.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And are they talking about amnesty? Do they accept the president’s reasoning — he made kind of a slightly new argument tonight that this — what we’re doing now is amnesty.

  • ROBERT COSTA:

    They do not buy the president’s argument.

    And they feel like so soon after winning at the midterms, that they’re now back in this interparty warfare scenario where they’re going after government funding. They don’t accept the president’s premise. The words I keep seeing are lawless, amnesty, executive amnesty. That’s the tone we’re hearing out of the GOP.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    And what’s the tone we’re hearing out of the Democrats?

  • ROBERT COSTA:

    Democrats are largely elated.

    They believe that the president has not only helped them with the Hispanic base of the party, but has really given them a leg up ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign. They think the GOP may overplay its hand and leave that bloc firmly in Democratic hands.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Judy asked Darrell Issa at the end of their talk what is going to happen next in Congress.

    Let me ask you, just from a process point of view, what happens next here.

  • ROBERT COSTA:

    Well, first and foremost, government funding expires on December 11.

    So Boehner and McConnell have to find a way to extend that, but because of the outrage on the right, it is likely only going to go into early next year, a short-term funding bill. That would make Hal Rogers, the Appropriations Committee chairman, unhappy. He’d like to see a long-term plan.

    But right now, because of the — the outrage and the unhappiness on the right, a short-term funding bill is likely all that’s going to emerge in December.

  • GWEN IFILL:

    Robert Costa of The Washington Post, thank you very much — Judy.

  • ROBERT COSTA:

    Thank you.

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