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Rep. Blake Farenthold: GOP Won't Let Obama 'Have a Free Pass'

By    |   Thursday, 06 Nov 2014 04:56 PM

Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold tells Newsmax that he's "very skeptical" about President Barack Obama's ability to work with Congress, but he doesn't think that the new Republican majority will let him have a pass.

"He's not showing his hand — in one sentence he reaches out, says he'll work with Congress, and then in the next sentence he says we're not going to like some of the things that he does," Farenthold told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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"We're going to have a big disagreement with the president over what he thinks the American people want and what the elections show the American people want," Farenthold explained.

However, he's hoping that Obama will follow the lead of former President Bill Clinton who "had some great accomplishments in a divided government."

"I'm hoping that the president is enough egotist or is concerned enough about his legacy that he will learn from the Clinton administration and not go out on his own, not try to do what he wants to do, but work with Congress to come up with a consensus of what the American people want done," he said.

Either way, the Texas Republican tells Newsmax that "the Republicans in either house of Congress aren't going to let the president have a free pass doing things that are clearly against the will of the American people or against the values that we all ran on."

At a press conference Wednesday, Obama threatened that he will use executive action to bring about immigration reform if Congress doesn't pass an immigration bill of its own.

According to Farenthold, "the president can tell whatever agencies that he has control over not to enforce the law, but the law remains what the law is."

"He may choose to do some sort of executive amnesty program, but that's not necessarily binding as time goes on," he explained.

"If you're not on some sort of pathway to citizenship . . . that's been approved by Congress, there's no guarantee you're going to get to stay over the long haul," he said.

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The other challenge for Republicans will be Obamacare, he said.

Farenthold says that he hopes Republicans will pass a "complete repeal," even though it will be vetoed by Obama.

"Then we need to start chomping away at the pieces that the president will sign," he explained.

However, Farenthold said that Republicans need to show that they do "have an alternative plan, that we have a better plan, and we're not just the opposition."

"We're the party with the ideas that are going to work and make it easier for folks to realize the American Dream, make everybody's life better," he explained.

"We've also got to follow the mandate of the folks that put us in office in historic numbers," he added

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Texas Rep. Blake Farenthold tells Newsmax that he's "very skeptical" about President Barack Obama's ability to work with Congress, but he doesn't think that the new Republican majority will let him have a pass.
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