- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 28, 2015

Conservatives say reducing federal spending should be the Republican-led Congress’s top priority this session, beating out confrontations with President Obama over his immigration executive actions, Obamacare, and the Keystone XL pipeline, according to The Washington Times/CPAC flash poll at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

Thirty-eight percent of the 141 respondents picked reducing federal spending at the top priority, followed by rolling back Mr. Obama’s amnesty plan at 26 percent.

On Friday, the House and Senate approved a one-week extension of funding for the Department of Homeland Security after conservative Republicans in the House joined with Democrats earlier in the day to defeat a three-week extension.

Democrats had wanted a bill fully funding the department for the rest of the fiscal year, without language blocking Mr. Obama’s recent actions granting as many as 4 million illegal immigrants legal status and work permits, while conservatives did not like that the immigration language had been stripped.

Twenty-three percent in the poll said Congress’s top priority should be reversing Obamacare, and 13 percent said it should be overriding Mr. Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

An earlier poll from the conference showed that conservatives say Islamist terrorism is the biggest threat to U.S. national security, beating out more traditional enemies such as Iran or Russia.

Saturday is the final day of CPAC, which culminates with The Washington Times/CPAC presidential straw poll, the results of which are to be released Saturday afternoon.

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