Skip to comments.House Immigration Bills Are Still in the Mix
Posted on 04/17/2014 9:05:31 PM PDT by mykroar
WASHINGTONSpeaker John Boehner and other senior House Republicans are telling donors and industry groups that they aim to pass immigration legislation this year, despite the reluctance of many Republicans to tackle the divisive issue before the November elections.
Many lawmakers and activists have assumed the issue was off the table in an election year. But Mr. Boehner said at a Las Vegas fundraiser last month he was "hellbent on getting this done this year," according to two people in the room.
A spokesman for Mr. Boehner didn't dispute the account but said no action is possible until President Barack Obama proves himself a trustworthy partner to Republicans.
Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R., Va.), chairman of the HouseJudiciary Committee, delivered an upbeat message about legislative prospects during a recent trip to Silicon Valley, said Carl Guardino, chief executive of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, who hosted his visit.
He said Mr. Goodlatte told him action in 2014 was "entirely possible," likely in the form of votes this summer on five to seven immigration bills. A spokeswoman for Mr. Goodlatte declined to comment on the exchange.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.) also is drafting legislation that would give qualifying undocumented immigrants legal status and the chance to apply for citizenship through existing channels. The bill includes border-security measures and an effort to clear the backlog of applications for permanent legal status, known as green cards.
House leaders have told Mr. Diaz-Balart to have the legislation ready to go for possible debate in June or July, an aide said.
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Self - starving or Self - deportation?
Either way, hostility toward Illegal Alien Invaders from Mexico is working, to use an Obama phrase.
I thought Boehner said this was dead for 2014. And didn’t Csntor say the same thing just recently?
I think this is a game they are playing. A disgusting game.
The GOPe is hellbent on losing the midterms and the country.
immigration legislation = Amnesty
Bad penny? No, the GOP establishment is like an album stuck on one groove. Sorry, you young pups won’t understand this one.
Do it and I leave the republican party forever.
Well I guess the GOP doesn’t want to win elections anymore, they are perfectly comfortable with being the minority and seeing the Dems hold a permanent majority - bastards.
You can’t be this incompetent by accident. The pubs are the Democrats go to guys.
Agreed, they want Chamber of Commerce money that’s it.