"The president is determined to act where House Republicans won't," White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters. "It would be a real shame if Republicans were to engage in an effort to shut down the government over a common sense solution like that. But they've done it before."
"We would hope that Republicans wouldn't do the same thing again," he said.
Recently Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) floated the prospect of going after Obama's yet-to-be-announced executive moves in a muss-pass government funding bill to keep federal programs operational past Sept. 30. In addition, Rep. Steve King (R-IA) suggested a similar idea on Wednesday if Obama acts alone to "legalize millions."
It's too early to know if Republican leaders will embrace the strategy.