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White House: Shutdown Threats Won't Deter Obama Acting On Immigration

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"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.