To summarize the words of incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.): some people never learn.
Only hours after being voted in as majority leader by the GOP Senate Thursday, Sen. McConnell stated that he was "very disturbed" by the way President Obama has proceeded in the wake of the election.
Between Obama's intervention on Net Neutrality, his "rather ridiculous agreement with the Chinese under which they basically have to do nothing for the next 16 years," and his threat to take executive action on immigration, he has shown that he is not willing to work with the new party majority, McConnell explained.
"You know president Reagan never had the House in eight years, president Clinton didn’t have the House or the Senate for six of [his] eight years; they understood that the American people had elected divided government.
We’d like for the president to recognize the reality, that he has the government that he has, not one that he wishes he had and work with us to try to find a way to improve our immigration system."
Republicans in both the House and Senate are interested in passing an immigration reform bill, McConnell stated, the president has been repeatedly told not to take action on immigration because his executive orders are not permanent changes.
“I had, maybe naively, hoped that the president would look at the results of the election and decide to come to the political center and do some business with us,” McConnell said from inside the Capitol building Thursday, “But the early signs are not good.”
McConnell promised twice that should Obama pass an Executive Order on immigration, Republicans will not shut the government down or threaten to default on the national debt.