President Barack Obama met with congressional leaders Tuesday for the purpose of finding "common ground" on different issues facing Congress, but Michigan Rep. Tim Walberg says that Obama doesn't really want common ground.
The American people want Congress to "get some things done that they're concerned with, including securing the borders and stopping the unconstitutional power grabs from various entities of government, including the president, who took control of immigration by saying we're going to give amnesty to 5 million people," Walberg told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV
"The Keystone XL pipeline, we passed in the House, and it looks like the Senate will pass it," he explained. "The president has said he's going to veto it."
Walberg asks "who is not looking for common ground? Is it Congress or is it the president?"
"I can say it's the president," he concluded.
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According to the Michigan Republican, "when you have leadership that is pushing for this lack of common ground, it makes it difficult for those members of us who want to work to a solution that the American people are talking about.
"As we need to always remember, we are representatives of . . . the people, we come representing their concerns and their issues," Walberg explained.
"They don't have all the information we have and yet, we have to find a way within the confines of the Constitution to do what they're asking us to do," he said.
"Right now, they're asking us some clear things: secure the border, make sure that immigration laws work for legal immigrants. We want immigrants, but we want them to be legal and follow the laws," he contends. "We want to have the expanded opportunities for them and our citizens to experience the American dream."
In addition, he contends that "we want to make sure we have energy independence and have jobs.
"The Keystone XL pipeline, for instance, hundreds of thousands of jobs, both direct and ancillary, will be impacted by that — we have unions, individual workers and the middle class asking for this," he explained.
"Why can't the president give acquiescence to say 'the will of the people has spoken, let me sign the bill?'" he asked.
"Those are things we can move forward on, and I'm certainly willing to sit down at the table of my Democrat colleagues and my Republican colleagues, and say, 'Let's find that solution that works, but in turn, let's not forget the will of the people,'" he added.
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