WASHINGTON (CBS News) - Congressional Republicans are united in opposition to President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, but they are divided on how exactly to stop him.
Some Republicans have said Congress should not authorize any future government spending unless President Obama rolls back his executive actions - a drastic step that could trigger the second federal shutdown in two years. But Rep. Michael McCaul, the Texas Republican who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, said Sunday on 'Face The Nation" that this wasn't going to happen.
"We are not going to shut the government down, but we are going to shut down the president and his actions as it pertains to granting amnesty to five million people," McCaul said.
Fellow Republican Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said Congress should formally censure President Obama because his executive actions were "unlawful." The congressman also pointed out that the president himself has said in the past - on several occasions - that his executive powers are limited.
"It was illegal for the President to do this," Labrador said. "He has been saying it for the last three years that he did not have the authority to do it and now he changed his mind."
Democrats on the show Sunday placed the blame squarely on Republicans.
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, said House Speaker John Boehner was at fault because he has refused to bring up for a vote the comprehensive immigration bill that the Senate passed last summer with bipartisan support.
"They've never called the bill," Durbin said. "They've never had a hearing on the bill. They've never taken up any part of it and now they complain because the president has stepped in and said we need accountability when it comes to immigration. They have to step up and govern."
Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., said time was still time for compromise before the executive actions kick in.
"They have 180 days ... before the first person applies for a work permit under the president's executive authority," Gutierrez said. "What I'd say to [Republicans], roll up your sleeves."
His comments were covered by The Hill.