Republicans could force a showdown with Democrats sooner by trying to attach a provision rolling back the gun actions to important legislation. One option would be the Federal Aviation Administration policy bill that Congress must pass by March 31; a second would be legislation to ease Puerto Rico’s debt crisis.
Several House Republicans are expected to introduce legislation to combat the executive actions in the coming days, though Obama certainly would veto such bills.
Faced with limited options, the GOP is likely to attack Obama’s actions on several fronts, sources said.
“We will be using every tool in the toolkit to stop him,” said one senior Republican lawmaker who is close to leadership. “All options are on the table.”