Skip to comments.Why The August Recess Should Scare Immigration Reform Backers: GOP worried about town hall protests
Posted on 06/25/2013 4:47:08 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Immigration reform-backing Republicans are concerned that town hall protests could derail support for the immigration legislation.
Advocates of immigration reform, who once hoped to have a bill on President Obama's desk before Congress leaves for their annual August recess, should be nervously checking the calendar. If the House and Senate adjourn before a bill is finished, members will begin feeling pressure, especially from conservative critics who think the bill amounts to little more than amnesty.
Immigration reform backers need only recall four years ago, when the August recess gave rise to scenes of angry protests at town hall meetings across the country, protests that effectively ended any hope Democrats had of winning Republican support for comprehensive health care reform.
Six months into Obama's first term in office, Democrats held out hope that they could fashion a bipartisan agreement on health care reform. Sen. Max Baucus, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, was working closely with Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee's ranking member. Obama himself was assiduously wooing Sen. Olympia Snowe, who seemed open to reform. And White House officials believed they could find areas of common ground with dozens of Republicans in the House to form a truly bipartisan set of reforms.
Then came August, when conservative protesters who affiliated themselves with the nascent Tea Party movement descended upon town hall meetings held by members of Congress from both sides of the aisle. Democrats were on the defensive while Republicans, who might have once considered supporting a compromise, realized the level of anger their base felt over the bill.....
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This guy shouldn't be a reporter, he should be writing for the soaps or romance novels. Who do they think they are actually writing for?
I keep hearing that the House will ignore the Senate bill and do their own version.
WHY ??? Why not ignore the issue **entirely**: nothing gets passed, there can be no “conference report”, and the Senate bill dies on the vine. . .
Pass a resolution, on a party-line vote, demanding the immediate and full enforcement of the CURRENT immigration laws. ALL of them. . .
Makes perfect sense to me.
Simple, they cancel all town halls like Dingell did. Or they will only address “friendy” crowds with limited publicity. Dingell did that with a group of Pro-Obamacare Doctors in Ann Arbor with little or no advertising, I only stumbled upon it in a very target market newspaper. Watch for the same motus-operundi, even from “our” side....
Why can’t we sue Obama for failing to enforce current laws?
Remember folks, when you go to the ‘town hall meetings’, bring your old produce from the chiller drawer!!
“Town hall protests ...”
Otherwise known as the voice of the People.
DE rep and sens, bought and paid for by Bank of America, won’t meet with constituents unless they control the crowd.
We keep selecting people who a) think they are superior to us; b)don’t give two hoots in hell about their constituents; c) think they are selected to push their own agenda; and d) are dumber than rocks.
I have made it a practice to call them by their first name only, as they are not worthy of respect.
Democrats will pan it as “mass deportations” which is widely seen as unworkable and unrealistic, not to mention cruel. The GOP candidates have not been effective at answering “what do you want to do with the 11 million?” They could answer with “enforce the law,” but then the reporter will ask “So, deport them all, even the DREAMers and the grandmothers? How about parents of US Citizen children?” The LIEberal media loves a sob story, and this is perfect for them because it gives them fodder to make accusations of racism, heartlessness etc to assail conservatives with during the election.
The House ought to try to get as many concessions as it can from the Pelosites, and then let a bill pass. Then let the socialists own it. It’s their mess and they have to explain it to the American people.
My family’s town hall voice will be heard in the voting booth, mostly.
Our side is actually the one we need to look out for. Just look at the comments from pubbie staffers that are reported in the article. They seem to be hungrily looking for ways to avoid town hall meetings as much as many of the DemonCraps.
They will just screen the town hall meetings more.
As I have said, the GOP fears the TEA party more than anyone else.
Whatever version the House writes will be gutted and re-written by the Senate and voted into law.
Dont these people ever learn??? And why do we need reform at all?? Expel these trespassers or use force if they dont comply.
My point exactly. If the House does NOTHING AT ALL. . . .”Immigration Reform” dies. . .
They are slowly but surely isolating themselves from the unwanted input of lowly constituents.
-They don’t answer phones.
-They send canned email responses.
-Letters to them sit in some anthrax decontamination facility in Virginia for 4 to 6 months
-I suspect damned few of them will be holding town halls
They wish to be left unmolested within the confines of the Beltway to rule over us.
Democrats will pan it as mass deportations which is widely seen as unworkable and unrealistic, not to mention cruel. The GOP candidates have not been effective at answering what do you want to do with the 11 million? They could answer with enforce the law, but then the reporter will ask So, deport them all, even the DREAMers and the grandmothers? How about parents of US Citizen children? The LIEberal media loves a sob story, and this is perfect for them because it gives them fodder to make accusations of racism, heartlessness etc to assail conservatives with during the election.
My Answer to the reporter, ask them if they go and trespass on a military base or any other federal property if they should get a slap on the wrist or should they have the book thrown at them even if they have a family...
I may be late to the party, again, but if a bill isn’t passed before congress goes on recess, what is preventing Zero from issuing one of his famous “executive orders” making this law?
1. Hispanic CITIZENS are rather pissed at illegals. In any case, the mythical “Hispanic vote” wouldn’t have won us the election anyway.
2. We HAD reform in 2006. President Jugears merely refuses to enforce EXISTING law. . .
Don’t disagree. However, the issue is not current hispanic citizens, but the future ones. As long as we give the children of illegals automatic citizenship, that is an issue.
Exactly right on #2, but nothing to be done short of impeachment.
They don’t come home they go on vacation to Bermuda and such.
I wish I could scream the following from roof tops, but do not seem to have the ability to make it widely known; If you control the dialogue, you control the issue.
RINOs and libs control gained control of the issue when they, unchallenged - merged the invasion of our southern border into an immigration issue! Understand that, and we can understand how Americans have been duped. THIS WAS NEVER ABOUT IMMIGRATION, but now Obama and his predecessors, ignoring their few actual Constitutional mandates - protecting the USA borders - is magically legitimized as feel good political dogma.
For conservatives to regain the issue, we MUST regain the dialogue! This is ONLY about America being invaded by a foreign country; Mexico. Resolve this invasion alone! If people wish to tweak our immigration policy, then do so separately. Immigration is important - but totally unrelated to whats happening on our sothern borders!
” The House ought to try to get as many concessions as it can from the Pelosites, and then let a bill pass. Then let the socialists own it. Its their mess and they have to explain it to the American people.”
DESTROY THE COUNTRY, JUST SO WE CAN SAY “I TOLD YOU SO”?
NO THANK YOU!
One month here, eh?
I have to disagree with BOTH of you even though you two both disagreed with each other.
1) letting a amnesty bill pass out of House makes millions of new Dem voters as new citizens, so I dont see how that punishes Dems. Its win-win for them, a disaster for us. Dem voters will just blame the GOP if amnesty is passed and goes bad,
2) The house GOP doing ‘nothing’ doesn't mean that nothing gets passed. Twice this year the House GOPs couldn't agree on their own bill so Bohner just put up the Dem Senate bill up for a House vote and got it Obama’s desk.
So the House creating mini-bills that violates the Senate's evil agreements in their massive bill seems like the worst of the evils.
LOL, One month here and he suggests that we beat Dems by giving them what they want, millions of new Dem voters.
that's OK, I always say the place gets boring if everyone agrees. More fun to have a live one from time to time.
Like my family's Tomcat catching mice.
New concept.....win by losing everything for all time!
“DESTROY THE COUNTRY, JUST SO WE CAN SAY I TOLD YOU SO?
NO THANK YOU!
One month here, eh?”
Rand Paul put forth the idea on taxes, saying let the Senate dims raise them and then own the outcome. It’s Kissinger-esque but the dims play the same game. They want real reform to fail so they can have a political attack talking point to hit the GOP with in 2016. We can do the same, pass a bill and then flog them with it.
Guys like Mickey Kaus on the left even don’t want this amnesty. Dims have overreached to appease La Raza, they are hoping this fails so they can start blaming the GOP.
Losing the battle to win the war! It’s really the only political argument for this bill at this point.
Bad idea, there will be no undoing it and Aztlan will no longer be just a dream.
There were all kinds of angry Town Halls against Obamacare.
And most of those incumbents easily won re-election.
Why would they care now?
If I were a liberal living in Washington, I’d be wiping my ass with everyone too.
Obama has already ordered a back door amnesty for the “Dreamers.” Nary a peep came from the Reps. Essentially 1.8 million have had their status legalized and given work permits.