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Menendez, Boehner Clash Over Hastert Rule for Immigration Reform

Boehner: "I have no intention of putting a bill on the floor that will violate the principles of our majority and divide our conference."

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Bill Straub

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June 19, 2013 - 10:32 am
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WASHINGTON – Sen. Bob Menendez expressed displeasure Tuesday over House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to withhold consideration of any immigration reform measure that doesn’t have the support of the majority of the Republican caucus.

Menendez (D-N.J.), a member of the Gang of Eight, a bipartisan group of upper-chamber lawmakers who have pieced together a delicate immigration compromise, questioned Boehner’s seriousness about addressing the issue “if he is willing to put tea party politics ahead of the will of the American people.”

“It is amazing and alarming that Speaker Boehner would allow a minority of House members – who will never, ever support immigration reform – to dictate the fate of bipartisan, comprehensive reform that an overwhelming majority of the American people want,” Menendez said.

The decision, Menendez said, is “not in our national interest and it’s certainly not about fixing our broken immigration system.”

Earlier Tuesday, Boehner (R-Ohio) told reporters that he could not envision a scenario where he would permit debate over immigration reform if most members of the Republican majority in the House didn’t offer their support.

Boehner said the only time he will consider bringing an issue to the floor without the support of his caucus is “when there is zero leverage.” That has occurred during his tenure in the chair on occasion – most recently when the lower chamber voted on Hurricane Sandy relief – but only when “we faced a worse alternative, politically or in terms of policy.”

That is not the case in this instant, Boehner said, so he is obliged to implement what is popularly known as the Hastert rule, named after former House Speaker Denny Hastert, an Illinois Republican who took great pains to satisfy his caucus.

“We have plenty of leverage,” Boehner said. “And I have no intention of putting a bill on the floor that will violate the principles of our majority and divide our conference. One of our principles is border security. I have no intention of putting a bill on the floor that the people in this room do not believe secures our borders. It’s not going to happen.”

Boehner to this point has been coy about how he intended to address immigration reform, which is making its way through the Senate with a vote slated before July 4. But he has been under pressure from GOP lawmakers, particularly those with a conservative bent, to take a stand.

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Because every state is guaranteed two Senators, and in New Jersey it's impossible to find someone to take the job who doesn't do those things.
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Does anyone know why the known frequenter of prostitutes, potential pedophile, and possible organized crime associate is still a Senator from New Jersey?
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A Democrat invoking "the will of the American people" is just too rich for words.
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Breaking, Boehner is starting to cave.

John Boehner "If it saves money, immigration reform could be "real boon"

Boehner has reportedly asked Paul Ryan to run the numbers to see if immigration reform will save money. If it does he will support the legislation.

Time to kick both Boehner and Ryan to the curb.
1 year ago
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The next stage is the Boehner Sanction
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What this "immigration legislation" plainly says:

"Congress and this Administration will continue to refuse to enforce any current immigration law because it does not empower our politics.
So; Up yours".
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Bob Menéndez es un loco pendejo
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It makes sense Boehner has played his cards close to the vest. There is no benefit at all to the Speaker opposing a bill that isn't even in its final form, much less passed the Senate yet. By stating his dedication to meaningful and principled reforms that must include border security measures that satisfy the caucus, he is merely reaffirming existing policy.

There was no advantage in presenting himself early as a public target for the inevitable charges of "obstructionist" - especially if that's the role he intends to play.

And Reid has no room to talk about the House. Nothing gets a vote in the Senate without his say-so, and he has ruled with a more partisan and draconian hand than any Majority Leader in recent history.
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Here's a radical new idea. Why don't we repeal immigration law that has been enacted since the odeus 1986 "Immigration Reform"? You know... go back to the way things were before Congress created this mess...
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It causes me great distress and consternation when I think that the senator might be "displeased". Is that not what his whores are for...to "please" him?

Remember BENGHAZI!
1 year ago
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Menendez expressed displeasure? Who asked him? Given the way most of the Republican leadership has been acting lately, he probably thinks Boehner will go for it. I hate to say it, but, with most of the GOP leadership with their heads up their butts, Menendez might be right.
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BTW, I want to thank Speaker Boehner for blocking this.
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Boehner isn't doing this out of principal. He's doing it out of self interest. If he brings this bill to the floor he will lose his position as speaker.
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That works for me.
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"Sen. Bob Menendez expressed displeasure Tuesday over House Speaker John Boehner’s decision to withhold consideration of any immigration reform measure that doesn’t have the support of the majority of the Republican caucus."

Oh, Dear me! The last thing anyone should do is "displeasure" Sen Menendez. Wreak havoc on our immigration laws? OK! But never, ever displeasure the Senator!

'The decision, Menendez said, is “not in our national interest and it’s certainly not about fixing our broken immigration system.”

The Immigration Reform itself is “not in our national interest and it’s certainly not about fixing our broken immigration system.”
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