House Will Not Take Up Senate Immigration Bill

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At some point between now and the end of this week, the Senate will take its final vote on the immigration bill that’s been pending before that body for the better part of two months now. By all accounts, it’s expected pass that body with somewhere between 70 and 80 votes in its favor. From there it will go on to the House of Representatives, where some have been postulating that a strong Senate vote in favor of the bill would be an impetus  for the House to act. However, it’s being reported today that House Speaker John Boehner told his Republican Caucus during a morning meeting today that he would not be bringing that bill to the floor:

Speaker John A. Boehner reiterated to House Republicans this morning that he will not bring up the Senate’s immigration overhaul for a vote in the House.

“Weeks ago, I — along with Eric, Kevin, Cathy and Bob Goodlatte — issued a statement making clear that the House is not going to just take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes,” Boehner told lawmakers, per a source in the room. ”We’ll do our own bill, through regular order and it’ll be a bill that reflects the will of our majority and the people we represent.”

He was referencing other Republican leaders, including Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California, Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington, and Goodlatte, the Judiciary chairman from Virgina.

There are virtually no details about what Boehner means by “our own bill” given the fact that House Republicans have put forward essentially nothing of substance when it comes to immigration reform. One imagines that we’ll see something that focuses on “border security” above everything else. In other words, it will appeal to the base of the Republican party while doing nothing about the actual immigration problems that have been festering for years now. That may be politically advantageous for the GOP in the short term, but I don’t think its going to work out so well in the long term.

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Doug Mataconis
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Comments

  1. al-Ameda says:

    “Weeks ago, I — along with Eric, Kevin, Cathy and Bob Goodlatte — issued a statement making clear that the House is not going to just take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes,” Boehner told lawmakers, per a source in the room. ”We’ll do our own bill, through regular order and it’ll be a bill that reflects the will of our majority and the people we represent.”

    I would have no problem with temporarily shutting down the House of Representatives and moving to a unicameral system.

  2. stonetools says:

    and it’ll be a bill that reflects the will of our majority and the people we represent.”

    That phrase is a pretty big tell. Any bill that satisfies a majority of the majority is going to be red meat for the base, all border security and no meaningful path to citizenship. It won’t get Democratic votes in the House and won’t be adopted in the Senate. immigration reform for this year ain’t dead yet, but the prospects are lousy.
    I think we’ll see a lot of Latinos voting in 2014.And they’ll be voting Democrat. Hopefully, it will be part of a big wave. 17 seats to go!

  3. superdestroyer says:

    Why should the Republicans in the House want to vote for their own political extinction. If they do not pass comprehensive immigration reform, they can hang on for a few more years. If comprehensive immigration reform, the Republicans become totally irrelevant the same day.

  4. Caj says:

    If immigration reform is passed what would Republicans have to moan about? Companies who back their campaigns don’t want anything done as they love getting cheap labour. So if nothing is done about it Boehner and the rest of the crazy gang can moan until the end of time about their favourite subject: illegal immigrants. God forbid it passes both House and Senate and President Obama sign it, that would mean he got one more thing done that would have them pulling their hair out! That will never do. So they’ll carry on being the obstructionists idiots they’ve always been.

  5. Pinky says:

    @al-Ameda:

    I would have no problem with temporarily shutting down the House of Representatives and moving to a unicameral system.

    Why not go all the way and support giving a single individual full authority over government, a la Tom Friedman? Things would get done.

  6. al-Ameda says:

    @Pinky:

    Why not go all the way and support giving a single individual full authority over government, a la Tom Friedman? Things would get done.

    Two points:
    (1) Tom Friedman is not as important as he thinks he is
    (2) This would be a one-time exception – in force until the current group of House Republicans is institutionalized