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  • Jeb Bush: ‘It’s Not An American Value To Allow People To Stay In The Shadows’

    04/11/2014 5:57:59 AM PDT · by maggief · 143 replies
    AP ^ | April 11, 2014
    With a single phrase of compassion for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, Jeb Bush has prompted questions about his viability as a potential presidential contender and underscored how divisive the immigration issue remains for the Republican Party. The former Florida governor sparked a conservative furor this week when he described illegal immigration in an interview as an “act of love” by people trying to provide for their families. Backing Bush are some of the GOP’s most powerful insiders and financiers, who are hoping the party can woo Hispanic voters and rebound from Mitt Romney’s damaging “self-deportation” rhetoric in 2012. “The...
  • GOP lawmakers don’t love Jeb’s comments

    04/09/2014 9:59:32 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/8/14 | Russell Berman
    Republican members of Congress are criticizing Jeb Bush’s comments on immigration, highlighting the challenge he’d face in winning over the GOP’s conservative base in a 2016 presidential primary. The former Florida governor made headlines this weekend, when he said people coming to the U.S. illegally were doing so out of an “act of Bush’s comments at an event marking the 25th anniversary of his father’s presidency come as he is weighing his own bid for the White House, but they weren’t warmly received, even among Republican members who want to see the system changed. Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), a conservative...
  • Jeb Bush Outlines Campaign Strategy, Should He Choose to Run

    04/06/2014 2:08:34 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | 4/6/14 | PETER BAKER
    With eyes increasingly on him, Jeb Bush signaled on Sunday the kind of campaign he would mount if he ran for president: one arguing against ideological purity tests while challenging party orthodoxy on issues like immigration and education. Even as he sharply criticized President Obama for his handling of foreign affairs and health care, Mr. Bush made clear that he would run against the style of politics that has characterized recent Republican nominating contests. He said he would decide by the end of the year, in part on whether he thought that with a “hopeful” message, he could avoid “the...
  • JEB BUSH: CROSSING THE BORDER ILLEGALLY AN 'ACT OF LOVE'

    04/06/2014 11:18:45 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 305 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 6, 2014
    Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush discussing immigration reform on Fox News this Sunday: "I'm going to say this and it will be on tape, and so be it. The way I look at this is someone who comes to our country because they couldn't come legally, they come to our country because their family's dad who loves their children was worried that their children didn't have food on the table, and they wanted to make sure their family was intact. And they crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their...
  • On immigration Sen Ted Cruz joins failed filibuster as Sen John Cornyn votes to start debate (2013)

    02/20/2014 6:01:24 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 7 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 6/11/13 | Todd J. Gillman
    Texas’ senators split Tuesday on whether to let the Senate start debating a sweeping immigration overhaul plan. Both are unhappy with the “Gang of Eight” bill as currently written, but Sen. Ted Cruz joined other conservatives in trying to block Senate consideration – an attempt that failed on 82-15. Sen. John Cornyn and two dozen other Republicans, including Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., joined Democrats to clear the way for debate to begin. “I can’t think of a more appropriate topic for Congress to engage in than to fix our broken immigration system,” said Cornyn, the deputy GOP leader.
  • George P. Bush Says G.O.P. Needs ‘Honest Solution’ on Immigration (Flashback)

    02/07/2014 9:26:21 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | 7/10/12 | JEFF ZELENY
    George P. Bush said on Tuesday that “it’s never too late” for Mitt Romney to take a leadership role in the immigration debate, but he acknowledged Republicans were outflanked by President Obama’s election-year decision to allow hundreds of illegal immigrants to remain in the country without fear of deportation. “Governor Romney had an opportunity to get in front of the president on the issue,” said Mr. Bush, 36, the son of former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida. “But the president clearly has taken the initiative on it.” Mr. Bush, who is urging younger voters to increase their participation in the...
  • George P. Bush ‘concerned’ about GOP immigration stance (Flashback)

    02/07/2014 9:04:49 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    CNN ^ | 7/10/12 | CNN Political Unit
    George P. Bush, nephew of George W. Bush and grandson of George H. W. Bush, said he has “reservations” and “concerns” about the Republican Party’s rhetoric on immigration. In a sit-down with CNN reporters and producers Tuesday, Bush said that he and other Republicans wish the party would “return to George W. Bush on this issue,” referring to the former president’s bipartisan push to reform the nation’s immigration policy. But with Election Day fast approaching, Bush said it’s probably too late for Republicans to pivot away from the party’s conservative base and seize the political high ground on the immigration...
  • House Republicans to Offer Broad Immigration Plan

    01/25/2014 5:55:22 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 121 replies
    NY Times ^ | 1/25/14 | ASHLEY PARKER and JONATHAN WEISMAN
    House Republicans are preparing to unveil their own broad template for overhauling the nation’s immigration system this week, potentially offering a small opening for President Obama and congressional Democrats to pass bipartisan legislation before the end of the year. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio and other Republican leaders are expected to release a one-page statement of immigration principles this week at their annual retreat in Cambridge, Md., according to aides with knowledge of the plan. The document is expected to call for border security and enforcement measures, as well as providing a path to legal status — but not...
  • Ryan: House will take up immigration in pieces (getting around a conference!)

    01/23/2014 1:51:49 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 22 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | 1/23/14 | AP
    SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday told Texas business leaders eager for changes to immigration laws that House Republicans will tackle reform in pieces and ruled out negotiations with the Senate on its comprehensive measure. The Wisconsin Republican didn't offer a timetable ahead of next week's GOP House caucus annual retreat, where Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said immigration will top the agenda. Supporters of an immigration overhaul are renewing hopes that 2014 could bring the first sweeping changes in decades. Ryan expressed optimism at a luncheon hosted by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce but...
  • Chamber to defend Mitch McConnell on air

    11/27/2013 4:05:16 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/27/13 | MAGGIE HABERMAN |
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a heavy TV ad buy in defense of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, the latest turn in the establishment’s move to shore up GOP candidates against hard-right opponents, POLITICO has learned. The Chamber placed a $182,240 statewide buy on broadcast TV from Dec. 3 through Dec. 12, three media-buying sources said.
  • John Boehner: Immigration work not dead

    11/21/2013 9:39:41 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 38 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/21/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reaffirmed his commitment to enacting immigration reform, a week after the chances of an overhaul appeared dead following his comments that he would not support negotiating with the Senate on its comprehensive bill. “Is immigration reform dead?” Boehner told reporters. “Absolutely not.”
  • Immigration reform: The next big thing after farm bill (Amnesty to pass in Lame Duck session?)

    11/17/2013 3:34:04 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 21 replies
    Daily Herd ^ | 11/14/13 | Tom Quaife
    Assuming a farm bill is passed by the end of the year, the next legislative priority for the dairy industry will be immigration reform. A top official at the National Milk Producers Federation is optimistic that reform will occur. “I believe that by 2014 we are going to have comprehensive immigration reform,” says Jamie Castaneda, senior vice president of strategic initiatives and trade policy at NMPF. “When they’re going to do it, I can’t tell you whether it will be the first six months (of 2014) or a lame-duck session” after the November congressional elections, Castaneda said.
  • Immigration reform is dead for the year, top GOP reformer says

    11/07/2013 11:42:43 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 12 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 11/7/13 | GREG SARGENT
    In what will be seen as another blow to immigration reform’s chances, a top pro-reform Republican in the House concedes House Republicans are not going to act on immigration reform this year, and he worries that the window for getting anything done next year is closing fast. “We have very few days available on the floor in the House, so I don’t think we’re going to be able to do it this year,” GOP Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida told me by phone today. Diaz-Balart has been deeply involved in bipartisan negotiations over immigration for years now, and is thought...
  • Obama, McCain to huddle on immigration strategy and other issues

    11/07/2013 10:11:04 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    The Hill ^ | November 7, 2013 | Alexander Bolton with Justin Sink
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will meet with President Obama at the White House Thursday afternoon to plot strategy for passing comprehensive immigration reform. McCain said Obama requested the meeting, which comes at a time political momentum for immigration reform is flagging. McCain and Obama need to shore up the support of wavering allies such as Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has backed off the push to overhaul the nation's immigration laws in a 1,200-page comprehensive bill. Rubio has said the Senate should not try to merge its comprehensive bill with a piecemeal measure coming out of the House. McCain's ally,...
  • California Congressman To Propose Middle Road On Immigration Reform (Darrell Issa Amnesty bill)

    11/05/2013 12:27:07 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    KPBS ^ | 11/4/13 | Jill Replogle
    Southern California Congressman Darrell Issa is rumored to be cooking up his own immigration reform proposal. It’s reportedly designed to find some middle ground in the contentious debate over providing legal status to the more than 11 million immigrants in the country illegally. -snip- The details of Issa’s plan for immigration reform are still scarce, and his office didn’t respond to numerous requests for an interview. But the plan would reportedly include a six-year period of temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. During that time, they would be expected to find a legal way to stay here or leave....
  • GOP Congressman Backs Democrats’ Immigration Overhaul

    10/27/2013 7:51:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 18 replies
    Fusion ^ | 10/27/13 | JORDAN FABIAN
    Republican Rep. Jeff Denham will break with his party and back a broad immigration reform proposal supported by Democrats. The California congressman told Univision that he would become the first Republican co-sponsor of an immigration bill written by House Democrats that would bolster border security and provide a pathway to citizenship for many of the 11.7 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. “Yes, I will be the first Republican coming together on this full bill dealing with all aspects of immigration,” he told Univision anchor Jorge Ramos in Spanish during an interview that will air on “Al Punto” this...
  • Republican congressman Jeff Denham will join Democrats in immigration overhaul push

    10/26/2013 11:27:10 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 34 replies
    Wash Post ^ | 10/26/13 | Peter Wallsten,
    A Republican congressman from a heavily Hispanic district is breaking ranks from his party to join Democrats in an eleventh-hour push for a broad immigration overhaul before the end of the year. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) plans to sign on as the lone GOP member with 185 Democrats to co-sponsor a plan that would give millions of unauthorized immigrants the chance to attain citizenship. -snip- “I’m the first Republican,” he said in an interview. “I expect more to come on board.”
  • Government focus shifts to immigration reform (Issa to introduce GOP Amnesty bill next week)

    10/25/2013 7:00:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 48 replies
    KPCC ^ | 10/24/13 | Larry Mantle
    Shifting gears from the technical problems of the Affordable Care Act website, President Obama called on Congress to work on an immigration overhaul. The immigration plans of the President have been overshadowed by the government shutdown, and the launch of the new healthcare system. Some Republicans are already announcing their legislation plans. Re. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) plans to release legislation sometime next week that would provide temporary legal status to undocumented immigrants. His legislation would provide undocumented immigrants six years of legal status in the country, according to a Politico interview. -snip- Guests: Seung Min Kim, Congressional Reporter for POLITICO...
  • Darrell Issa to introduce immigration bill (House GOP begins Amnesty push next week...)

    10/23/2013 6:32:16 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 273 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/23/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is planning to release legislation next week that would provide legal status for six years to undocumented immigrants in the United States, he said in an interview Wednesday. Issa, an influential Republican who leads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, described the legislation as a “come-from-the-shadows” effort that would allow the government to do a full accounting of those who are in the U.S. illegally. Immigrants in this new status would be able to travel to their native country while on this temporary visa, he said.
  • Jeb Bush Advises Sen. Ted Cruz to ‘Have a Bit of Self-Restraint’

    10/21/2013 6:28:28 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 93 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 10/20/13 | Noah Rothman
    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush sat down with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl on Sunday for a discussion about the Republican tactics which led to the government shutdown. Bush said that he sympathizes with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) desire to defund the Affordable Care Act, but advised hi m to exercise a “bit of self-restraint” when it comes to tactics. Bush began by taking aim at Cruz’s tactics. He observed that the GOP actually lost ground with the public over the course of the shutdown and ironically made significantly reforming the ACA that much harder. “Tactically it...
  • Will Boehner break the “Hastert Rule” today? The Hastert Rule explained

    10/16/2013 9:40:56 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | 10/16/13 | Lynn Sweet
    In a 2003 speech, then Speaker Denny Hastert (R-Ill.) discussed his House management guidelines that became known as “The Hastert Rule.” The rule calls for a leader not to send legislation to the House floor for a vote unless it has the support of the majority of the majority. On Wednesday, with just hours left to raise the debt ceiling or risk default, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)–who has been holding fast to the Hastert Rule–has to decide whether to break it.
  • Gutierrez: GOP will never win another national election if it doesn’t support immigration reform

    10/16/2013 6:06:00 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 10/14/13 | Kelsey Osterman
    If Republicans don’t join together with Democrats to pass comprehensive immigration reform, “they will never win another national election,” according to Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.). -snip- Gutierrez is an outspoken progressive, but he has still made somewhat unlikely alliances with Republicans in order to push immigration reform. In 2012, the Illinois Democrat praised the immigration reform strategy presented by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), someone he had previously called an “extremist.” Gutierrez also partnered with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) earlier this year, participating in a pair of immigration reform events in Chicago.
  • NCLR's Laura Vazquez 'Optimistic' House of Representatives Will Pass Immigration Reform Bill

    10/16/2013 5:58:23 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    Latinos Post ^ | 10/14/13 | Nicole Rojas
    Over the past few years, immigration reform has been at the forefront of debates in Congress. In both the Senate and the House of Representatives, members from across the aisle have come together to develop bipartisan bills that would change the lives of over 11 million undocumented immigrants. Some in Congress have worked tirelessly to create a law that would provide a path to citizenship for millions, while others have focused the debate on border security. In an exclusive interview with Latinos Post, National Council of La Raza (NCLR)’s senior immigration legislation analyst Laura Vazquez discussed the future of immigration...
  • Park Service OKs immigration reform rally on 'closed' National Mall

    10/07/2013 12:15:38 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 39 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 10/7/13 | CHARLIE SPIERING
    A planned immigration reform rally will take place on the National Mall on Tuesday even though the site is closed due to the government shutdown. ~~~SNIP~~~ Susana Flores, a spokesperson for the rally, confirmed for the Washington Examiner that the Park Service will allow the event to take place under the group's rights granted by the First Amendment. About 30 members of Congress are expected to attend the rally, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.
  • Cathy McMorris Rodgers: Immigration a ‘priority’ for this year (GOP Amnesty Follies )

    10/07/2013 9:23:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 31 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/7/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    A top House Republican says in an upcoming interview that the chamber will take up immigration reform in 2013, insisting that “there’s still time” for a comprehensive rewrite despite the rapidly dwindling time left on this year’s calendar. Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, said during an interview with Univision’s “Al Punto” that top leaders are still discussing when to bring immigration bills to the House floor. Speaker John Boehner “over the last few weeks has continued to talk about the importance of the House moving forward on immigration reform,” McMorris Rodgers said, according...
  • House chairman pledges action on immigration

    09/19/2013 4:41:26 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | September 19, 2013 | By Erica Werner
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday pledged action on immigration overhaul legislation even as most of the attention on Capitol Hill is focused on fights over the budget and debt. Rep. Bob Goodlatte said the immigration issue needs to be solved and work is happening behind the scenes toward that goal.
  • Boehner, Cantor "stuck on stupid"

    09/15/2013 6:06:25 PM PDT · by Understand the stimulus · 18 replies
    09 15 2013 | Understand the Stimulus
    Its time to demand that Boehner and kantor who couldn't wait to support OBAMA on his military attack on Syria be "booted out of power" Obama wanted a way to dodge the Sequester Debt Ceiling and Budget and these two DUDS went along with Obama's planned distractions... We dont need these cowards who will sell out for Obama's silence
  • Cantor warns House may cancel recess

    09/12/2013 11:02:35 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 19 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 9/12/13 | Pete Kasperowicz
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) warned Thursday the House might be forced to cancel its September recess to work on a government funding bill. The House was originally scheduled to have the week of Sept. 23 off, but Cantor said lawmakers might have to return to Washington that week and maybe the following weekend to prevent a government shutdown. "Members are advised that pending ongoing discussions on the continuing resolution, the House may be in session during the week of Sept. 23 and possibly into the weekend," Cantor said on the House floor. "Members should expect an announcement next...
  • Mark Zuckerberg to meet with top four House Republicans (Cantor, Boehner...)

    09/12/2013 6:59:52 AM PDT · by Qbert · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | September 11, 2013 | Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will meet with the top four House Republicans next week in Washington. The high tech CEO’s visit comes as Facebook is facing ongoing scrutiny over privacy concerns and Internet safety. Zuckerberg will meet Thursday with Speaker John Boehner and the rest of his leadership team, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Whip Kevin McCarthy and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The meeting is expected to be a broad discussion of issues related to Facebook, according to a GOP aide. While immigration may come up, the meeting is not specifically to discuss comprehensive reform, which Zuckerberg has...
  • Companies lay off thousands, then demand immigration reform for new labor

    09/11/2013 11:35:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 58 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/11/2013 | Byron York
    On Tuesday, the chief human resources officers of more than 100 large corporations sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging quick passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill.The officials represent companies with a vast array of business interests: General Electric, The Walt Disney Company, Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, McDonald's Corporation, The Wendy's Company, Coca-Cola, The Cheesecake Factory, Johnson & Johnson, Verizon Communications, Hewlett-Packard, General Mills, and many more. All want to see increases in immigration levels for low-skill as well as high-skill workers, in addition to a path to citizenship...
  • Donations to House Speaker John Boehner questioned by Federal Election Commission

    09/11/2013 7:32:50 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | September 11, 2013 | By Sabrina Eaton
    The Federal Election Commission is examining whether dozens of political action committees and individuals contributed more than the legally allowed amount to House Speaker John Boehner during last year's election cycle. Letters the Federal Election Committee sent Monday to Friends of John Boehner indicated that donors including coal, energy, and gambling interests, exceeded contribution limits to Boehner's committee by more than $150,000.
  • GOP rep expects October immigration reform vote

    09/10/2013 3:33:03 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 15 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 9/10/13 | Benjy Sarlin
    Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte, chair of the House Judiciary Committee overseeing immigration, said he expected Congress to pursue reform legislation despite a tight schedule featuring debates over Syria, health care, and the debt limit. Those and other issues “should not deter us from getting to [immigration] as soon as possible,” Goodlatte said in an appearance on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show on Tuesday. Goodlatte said he expected votes soon, perhaps in October, on a series of smaller House bills on border security, internal enforcement, guest workers, and high-tech visas. “Those bills are ready to go to the floor of the House...
  • Immigration Reform Falls to the Back of the Line (Boehner, Cantor, Ryan delaying Amnesty?)

    09/09/2013 6:14:29 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 10 replies
    NY Times ^ | 9/8/13 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR and JULIA PRESTON
    Congress is likely to postpone consideration of an immigration overhaul until the end of the year, if not longer, even as advocates are preparing for an all-out, urgent push this fall to win their longstanding goal of a path to citizenship for millions of immigrants here illegally. -snip- Republican primaries will begin in the spring, and many lawmakers may be reluctant to overhaul the immigration system just before facing their conservative constituents. If Congress does not complete action early next year, Congressional aides said, the issue could be delayed until after the November elections. -snip- Republican officials in the House...
  • Report: GOP operatives, former Boehner aides expect him to retire after midterms next year

    09/05/2013 7:02:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/05/2013 | AllahPundit
    Nothing concrete, just speculation, but speculation from people who know Boehner well.Before you pop the champagne, ask yourself: How much of an improvement would Speaker Cantor be? “He has to say that [he's staying]. He can’t not say that. The minute you say [you're leaving], you’re done,” said one former GOP leadership aide who is part of Boehner’s circle. “Everybody around him thinks this is his last term.”Despite the effort by Boehner to tamp down speculation that he will depart the House after the 2014 midterms, multiple cooks in Boehner’s kitchen cabinet think the Republican is still strongly considering making...
  • Despite pressure, Ryan unchanged in support of immigration overhaul

    09/04/2013 4:27:36 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 23 replies
    SunSentinel ^ | Sept 4, 2013 | Roxana Tiron
    WASHINGTON — Paul Ryan is under pressure to drop his support for revising U.S. immigration laws: His adversaries are running television attack ads against him and warning of a primary challenge to the Wisconsin Republican congressman. Ryan is risking a "showdown with the tea party," said Bob Dane, an opposition leader, in reference to the anti-tax movement that backs primary challenges to some incumbents. The effort to make him switch his position isn't working: Ryan says he is committed to passing a law to allow 11 million undocumented immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens. His conviction — dating to his...
  • Speaker Boehner Will Step Down After 2014 Elections

    09/04/2013 12:17:02 PM PDT · by ph12321 · 195 replies
    ZeroHedge Tweet ^ | 09/04/2013
    Former Boehner Aides, GOP Sources: House Speaker Will Step Down After 2014 Elections
  • Boehner Super-PAC Aides Push Senate Immigration Bill

    09/02/2013 7:43:03 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/21/13 | Jonathan Strong
    Senior GOP aides of a super PAC linked to Speaker John Boehner are lobbying House Republicans to pass the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, legislation that Boehner has said he will not bring to the House floor. The lobbying effort is coming under the umbrella of the American Action Network, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) “action tank” led by former senator Norm Coleman, which is touting the “major positive economic impact” of the Senate bill in e-mails sent to individual House Republican offices. AAN is housed in the same office as the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC associated with Boehner,...
  • Rubio's Immigration Threat

    09/02/2013 7:28:41 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 40 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/23/13 | STEPHEN MOORE
    The buzz in Washington continues over Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's assertion last week that if Congress stalls out on immigration reform, President Obama may legalize many of the 11 million illegal immigrants administratively. The Florida lawmaker told a radio station that Mr. Obama will be "tempted to issue an executive order like he did for the Dream Act kids a year ago, where he basically legalizes 11 million people by the sign of a pen." Then he added, "a year from now we could find ourselves with all 11 million people here legally under an executive order from the president."...
  • How Marco Rubio lost his tea party credibility

    09/02/2013 7:20:27 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 32 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 9/1/13 | MARC CAPUTO
    Marco Rubio once looked like the Republican savior over immigration. Now, to some conservatives, he seems as trustworthy as a door-to-door salesman. From the right-wing talk-show hosts to local activists at town halls, many conservatives say they’re upset that Rubio’s talk and deeds conflict over comprehensive immigration reform. “The problem is he sold this based on talking points,” said Jason Hoyt, an Orlando tea party activist, summing up the discomfort many conservatives have with the Florida Republican senator. “He had four or five talking points, which sounded pretty good,” Hoyt said. “But then we saw the bill, and it was...
  • Rubio heckled over immigration reform at conservative summit in Florida

    09/02/2013 7:16:48 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 27 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/31/13 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) faced hecklers angry with his leadership on immigration reform at a Friday Tea Party summit in his home state. According to reports, Rubio was met with cries of "No amnesty!" as he gave an address during the opening session of the Americans for Prosperity's Defending the American Dream Summit in Orlando.
  • Ryan’s support of pathway to citizenship brings hope to local immigrant rights groups

    09/02/2013 7:08:50 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 17 replies
    Journal Times ^ | 8/31/13 | ALISON BAUTER
    RACINE — On Thursday it was a panel discussion and before that it was a post-town hall rally. There were press conferences, forums in English and Spanish and demonstrations. On Saturday, the push for immigration reform manifested in a hot parking lot behind Lopez Bakery, 1667 Douglas Ave., where a handful of young activists gathered to spray-paint a poster. “Rep. Paul Ryan,” they wrote, “we want a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.” The city has become a hot spot for pro-immigration reform demonstrations, panels and more because Racine County is represented by Ryan, R-Wis., one of few congressional Republicans to...
  • Michelle Malkin Goes after Marco Rubio for Backing ‘Tyrant’ Obama’s Immigration Plan

    08/15/2013 6:21:32 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 43 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 8/15/13 | Noah Rothman
    Conservative columnist Michelle Malkin slammed what she called Sen. Marco Rubio’s (R-FL) latest rationale for passing comprehensive immigration reform; that President Barack Obama will enact reforms unilaterally with or without the GOP’s support. She called Rubio’s latest plea to conservatives “craven” and said that he should “go down fighting” against immigration reform rather than conceding that those reforms were already fait accompli. -snip- “To argue to conservatives who believe in limited government that we should pass this massive amnesty monstrosity because Obama is going to do it anyway smacks of the worst kind of political expedience,” she continued. “I think...
  • Rubio: Obama will ‘basically legalize’ 11 million by executive order if immigration reform fails

    08/14/2013 7:59:14 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 77 replies
    dailycaller ^ | 8/13/12 | Jeff Poor
    Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio warned Tuesday that some on the Republican side of immigration reform could come up empty-handed if the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” plan fails. In an appearance on WFLA’s “The Morning Show with Preston Scott” in Tallahassee, Fla., Rubio explained that President Barack Obama will be tempted to enact his own immigration reform measures by executive order if Congress does not pass an immigration bill. An Obama executive order would legalize 11 million undocumented immigrants, he said. “I have been saying now for over a year I believe that this president tempted, will be tempted, if...
  • Michael Medved: The GOP's 'Strong Conservative' Electoral Fantasy

    08/12/2013 9:24:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/09/2013 | Michael Medved
    Against all logic, some prominent conservatives continue to promote the absurd proposition that right-wing candidates who fail to win over GOP voters in Republican primaries would magically succeed on November ballots. This assumption enables them to retain a naive faith in the claim that "true conservatives" who can't mobilize their own base to win nominations will somehow triumph in general elections by drawing support from moderates and liberals. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has most recently voiced this idea. "You know, if you look at the last 40 years, a consistent pattern emerges," Mr. Cruz observed in a July interview with...
  • Obama talks to Boehner on budget and immigration

    08/12/2013 7:48:18 AM PDT · by kevcol · 10 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | Sug 11, 2013 | Neil Munro
    Boehner’s spokesman, Michael Steel, told The Daily Caller on Sunday that the talk took place, but he declined to provide any details. Early this year, Boehner swore off future closed-door negotiations with Obama, after Obama used his post-election clout, plus his allies in the media, to force a tax increase through Congress.
  • Harry Reid on immigration: 'If we go to conference, we will win'

    08/09/2013 3:23:04 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 20 replies
    Brietbart ^ | 9 Aug 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on Friday that if House Republicans end up sending their collection of immigration bills to a conference with the Senate, Democrats would win. “If we go to conference, we would win,” Reid told a Nevada radio station.
  • Eric Cantor: House will address immigration ‘according to our terms

    08/04/2013 10:43:09 AM PDT · by Mozilla · 37 replies
    washingtontimes ^ | August 04, 2013 | David Sherfinski
    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says the House of Representatives will vote on a series of immigration bills in the fall, but wouldn’t commit to a vote on a measure similar to what the Senate has passed that provides a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the country. “We’ve said we are not going to be bringing the Senate bill up — we don’t believe that that’s the right path toward an immigration reform bill,” the Virginia Republican said in an interview broadcast on “Fox News Sunday.” “We will have a vote on a series...
  • Reform Immigration Gradually - The House Judiciary Committee is taking a step-by-step approach.

    08/02/2013 9:10:28 AM PDT · by re_tail20 · 29 replies
    National Review ^ | August 1, 2013 | Rep. Bob Goodlatte
    During football season, the teams that win call the right plays from their playbook. And when it comes to immigration reform, Congress needs to make sure it makes the right calls. The House Judiciary Committee, which has jurisdiction over our immigration laws, is taking a step-by-step approach to immigration reform and building a strategic playbook that first strengthens border security and interior enforcement, improves our legal-immigration programs, and fairly deals with unlawful immigrants. A robust border-security and interior-enforcement strategy is the first line of defense for any successful immigration system. Strong border security not only reduces illegal immigration, it also...
  • Paul Ryan’s Crazy Plan to Save Immigration Reform

    08/01/2013 10:45:44 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 24 replies
    NY Magazine ^ | 7/31/13 | Jonathan Chait
    If the Senate immigration bill came up for a vote in the House, it would probably pass — some of the Republicans and almost all of the Democrats would combine for 218 votes. But conservatives have extracted promises from John Boehner not to let that happen, and the Speaker has dutifully pledged to keep the House from voting on any bill that lacks the support of most Republicans. That would seem to make comprehensive reform pretty dead, right? Except Paul Ryan, who clearly wants to pass a bill, floated a way around this promise: -snip- So the plan he's discussing...
  • Votes Are There for Immigration Reform, Democrat Lawmaker Says (Only 23 GOP votes needed)

    08/01/2013 9:33:20 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 19 replies
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | 7/31/13 | Latin American Herald Tribune
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Wednesday that comprehensive immigration reform has the support of dozens of members of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Among GOP backers of comprehensive reform he cited Wisconsin’s Paul Ryan, the 2012 Republican candidate for vice president. Gutierrez said 195 of the 201 Democrats in the House would vote for a reform bill similar to the one passed last month by the Senate, meaning that fewer than two dozen Republican votes would be needed to reach the magic number of 218 required to pass it.