Doesn’t work that way (unless you’re Barack Obama).

Via The Hill:

President Obama decided to move ahead with executive action on immigration partially because Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) wouldn’t commit to holding a vote on reform legislation in the new Congress, a spokesman said Thursday.

“Just two weeks ago when Speaker Boehner was doing his post-election news conference, he was asked by reporters in that news conference if he would commit to bringing up immigration reform legislation in the next Congress, and he wouldn’t do it,” Josh Earnest said during an appearance on MSNBC.

Earnest said that GOP leadership was scared to allow a vote because “they know, as we do, that if that bill were allowed to come up for a vote it would actually pass in bipartisan fashion.”

“The president simply isn’t going to tolerate that,” Earnest said.

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