The president sounded confident he would prevail on both fronts. On Wednesday afternoon, Senate leaders announced a bipartisan plan to separate the immigration measure from the funding bill, which would prevent a shutdown of DHS, but the House has yet to back down. Obama at the town hall urged Congress to separate the two issues.
Obama took a hard partisan line in his answers, urging activists to focus their pressure on the GOP-controlled House, whose leaders publicly refused to take up a bipartisan Senate bill that passed in 2013 or come up with any alternative of their own. Rebutting complaints that he didn’t put enough effort into passing legislation in his first two years in office while Democrats controlled Congress, Obama blamed the financial crisis for taking up his time initially and Republican filibusters for blocking it down the line.