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We're going to fight the president': Boehner says GOP exploring options to stop Obama on immigration

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FILE - This May 16, 2013, file photo shows House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio, indicating a tall stack of paper which represents the 20,000 pages of regulations of the Affordable Care Act regulations during a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington. Confused by the health care law or the debate over government surveillance? You're not alone. Most Americans think the issues facing the country are getting more complicated. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File) AP Photo/Molly Riley, File

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Republicans are in the middle of discussing ways to stop President Barack Obama from acting alone on immigration, and promised the GOP would fight "tooth and nail" to stop Obama's plans.

"We're going to fight the president tooth and nail if he continues down this path," Boehner told reporters. "This is the wrong way to govern. This is exactly what the American people said on election day they didn't want."

FILE - This May 16, 2013, file photo shows House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio, indicating a tall stack of paper which represents the 20,000 pages of regulations of the Affordable Care Act regulations during a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington. Confused by the health care law or the debate over government surveillance? You're not alone. Most Americans think the issues facing the country are getting more complicated. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File) AP Photo/Molly Riley, File House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that Republicans would fight 'tooth and nail' to stop Obama's immigration plan. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Boehner was asked if Republicans will try to add language to a government spending bill that would prevent Obama from acting. Dozens of Republicans favor this approach, and see the government funding bill as the only leverage point the GOP has over Obama.

But Boehner said only that "all options are on the table," and wasn't more explicit. Boehner also seemed to indicate Republicans would not allow the government to shut down over immigration, a point incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also made earlier in the day.

"Our goal here is to stop the president from violating his own oath of office and violating the Constitution," he said. "It's not to shut down the government."

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