Undeterred Speaker John Boehner Still Pushing Immigration Reform
It’s about time for this guy to go.
Speaker John Boehner is still moving forward on immigration reform despite the
Speaker John Boehner isn’t ready to let the dream die.
On Tuesday, Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell told reporters immigration is just not in the cards in 2014. Last Thursday, rank-and-file House members sent a loud message at that President Obama is not the partner for legislation, spooking even top proponent Paul Ryan.
The editors from National Review, Weekly Standard, and numerous other top conservative pundits have urged the Ohio Republican to cut it out.
However, since the GOP retreat last week, Boehner has just kept marching along.
“I think leadership’s focus and my focus is to get [immigration] done as early as possible,” said Rep. Jeff Denham of California, who Boehner recently met with on the issue.
“It’s part of our conference agenda right now. It doesn’t go on the agenda without scheduling bills and scheduling time on the floor,” Denham added.
“Clearly, the draft principles we outlined, members seemed to be supportive of them,” Boehner said at a press conference Tuesday morning in response to a question from Breitbart News, adding, “no decisions have been made” on whether to move forward.
“I wouldn’t be surprised” if immigration legislation came to the House floor as early as this spring, one well-connected GOP member said.
Boehner’s office has released several documents touting the GOP principles since the retreat, some of which include almost cartoonish defenses of a proposal.
The “principles” would “eliminate the ability for any administration to arbitrarily decide which laws to enforce,” a Q&A posted on Boehner’s website says.
Meanwhile, top amnesty proponents outside Congress say they were relatively pleased with the principles and how they were received by the GOP.
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