President Barack Obama Wednesday rebuffed Republican arguments that he's gone too far in using executive powers.
"I never have a green light. I'm bound by the Constitution," Obama said at news conference held at the State Department.
"My preference in all these instances is to work with Congress," Obama added. On immigration reform, for instance, "The American people want to see action."
The president argued he would use existing, legal executive powers as aggressively as possible.
"What I can do is scour our authorities to try to make progress," he said.
The Republican majority House has voted to authorize a lawsuit against the Obama administration for what it calls executive overreach. Though its bill of particulars hasn't been laid out publicly.
Obama's getting some backup here.
What the world watching #USAfrica presser really wants to know is "aren't you an imperial president?" No - but that's what US media asks.- sfpelosi (@sfpelosi) August 6, 2014