Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) on Sunday said she wasn’t thrilled about President Obama’s immigration executive action, but she was less thrilled with the GOP’s approach to the issue.
On CBS’ “Face the Nation,” host Bob Schieffer asked McCaskill if she was okay with Obama’s plan, or if an executive order would be “a poke in the eye.”
“You know, I’m not crazy about it,” she responded. “But let me say this: I’ll tell you what a poke in the eye is. A poke in the eye is for the United States Senate almost a year and a half ago passing by a two thirds majority a comprehensive immigration bill, with Republicans voting for it from places like Tennessee and South Carolina that just got reelected by double digits. And Speaker Boehner has refused to debate one of the most complicated and difficult problems facing our country.”
McCaskill said that if House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) wants to stop Obama from acting alone, he needs to bring up the Senate immigration bill in the House.
“All he has to do next week if he doesn’t want the president to act is take up the Senate bill, amend it, change it, whatever you want to do. Let’s get back to doing our work instead of just blaming the president for everything,” she said. “I am tired of the politics of, ‘Let’s just blame the president. Let’s just say everything is wrong with the president. Let’s just say everything is wrong with Washington.'”