President Barack Obama demurred Wednesday when asked on Spanish-language television whether he would consider a moratorium on deportations of undocumented people without a criminal record.
“I think it’s important to remind everybody that, what I’ve said previously, I am not a king, I am head of the executive branch of government,” Obama said in an interview with Univision. “I am required to follow the law, and that is what we’ve done.”
“But what I have also said is let’s make sure we apply law in a way that takes into account” people’s humanity, Obama said.
The president, instead, put the onus on Congress to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill, saying he expects immigration revisions to be law before the end of the year. “I think so,” he said, adding “Si se puede.”
Obama said he would not let immigration talks languish on Capitol Hill for an indeterminate amount of time, reiterating that he stands ready to release his own overhaul bill if efforts in the Senate get bogged down.
“If they are on a path as they have said, they want to get this bill done by March. ... I am not going to lay out a specific date because I want to give them room to debate. If it slips a week, that’s one thing, but if it starts slipping three months, that’s a problem,” Obama said in an interview with Univision.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.