Obama Doubles Down On Immigration, Keystone Pipeline

President says he will use executive action to reform the immigration system.

“I gave the House over a year to go ahead and at least give a vote to the Senate bill. They failed to do so and I indicated to Speaker Boehner several months ago that if, in fact, Congress failed to act, I would use all the lawful authority that I possess to try to make the system work better, and that's going to happen,” he said.

Looking ahead, the president stressed that their disagreements should not prevent the two parties from taking action in areas where they do agree.

“They're interested in tax reform, so am I. Let's get to work. They're interested in promoting trade that will create jobs and opportunity for US workers and US businesses? All over it. It's part of what this Asia trip's been all about. They're interested in rebuilding our roads, our bridges, our ports, our airports, putting people back to work, making sure we're competitive. I'm game.

“The one thing that I think is going to be important to have a successful partnership over the next couple years is not making disagreements on a single issue suddenly a deal breaker on every issue. Democracy can never work that way,” he said.