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June 27, 2013 - 9:43 am

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the GOP caucus is planning a July 10 meeting to discuss the way forward on immigration reform after the Senate’s expected passage of the amended Group of Eight bill.

Congress leaves tomorrow for the Fourth of July recess. The Senate began its cloture vote on the immigration reform bill shortly after noon and voted 68-32 to move forward. A final vote on the bill was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

“We’re going to go home for the recess next week and listen to our constituents. And when we get back, we’re going to have a conference on July the 10th to have a discussion about the way forward,” Boehner told reporters on the Hill today.

“I don’t want to make any predictions on what the outcome of that conversation is going to be, but we’re going to have a conversation and determine a pathway forward.”

Boehner said “people have to have confidence that the border is secure before anything else is really going to work; otherwise, we repeat the mistakes of 1986.”

The speaker has threatened to use the Hastert rule, meaning a majority of the majority approve of the bill, before bringing it to the floor for debate and a vote.

When asked if he personally supported a pathway to citizenship for an estimate 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the country, Boehner said his job  ”is to determine the policy provisions that could be in the House bill.”

“My job, as I’ve told you all year, is to facilitate a discussion between both parties in terms of how we’re going to deal with this issue. And I’m going to continue to facilitate that conversation,” he said.

“…I have made it clear, since the day after the election, that I thought this political football should stop and that the Congress should deal with this issue. It’s not easy. If it were easy, it’d been fixed a long time ago.”

Boehner said right now “the worst thing in the world that can happen is for me to take some specific — some provision and declare my support or my opposition to it. All that’s going to do is slow down the progress.”

“You know, the American people have to have confidence that — that we’ve been thorough about this and that we’ve done a good job with it, because without that confidence, the trust between the American people and their government just slips,” he continued. “All you have to do is look at Obamacare, rammed through the Congress with a bare minimum of votes, signed into law by the president, and — and the American people are in more opposition to it today than the day it was passed. That is not how we want to deal with immigration.”

He lauded the Gang of Seven immigration negotiators in the House for their work. “Now they’re hung up on a couple of issues, and I think they’ve acknowledged that, but I would encourage them to continue — to continue their work, because as we look for — look for a path forward, we’re going to need the ideas from both parties,” he said.

“Me taking a position one way or another somewhere is just going to slow the process down and make it more difficult,” Boehner added. “I’ve got a difficult enough job as it is. I don’t need to make it harder.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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We have to begin getting ready for what comes after the United States implodes. That's why the Republican Party has to die. Or at least be abandoned by the conservatives in its base, who must begin NOW to form a Tea Party that will run its own candidates but more important be there, be a structure in place when a nation or nations emerge from the rubble. The minute abandonment is seriously considered the Republicans go all frantic waving their arms around and telling what a catastrophe that will be at the next super vital election. The answer is that it's already over. They've won. The cultural marxists have won. So the next election is a farce. What's not a farce is the total economic implosion that is coming. We have to be ready for that. The marxists will offer bare subsistence at that point. There will have to be a party offering a way out of slavery at that moment. And it has to start forming NOW.
1 year ago
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The members of the House have to face the voters every two years. They have to come home and face us. Marco thinks that by 2016 all will be forgiven and forgotten but the members of the House know better.
1 year ago
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Speaker Boehner, please just stop talking. The more you prattle about "what you have always made clear," to more you worry us. Listen to the GOP House majority and the party base. If ever there was a time to draw the Hastert Rule, this is it.
1 year ago
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This is as much Republican hating as I've seen anywhere. Why is everyone so convinced that Boehner wants to pass a bill at all costs just like the bozos in the Senate? Maybe he wants the house to talk this to death, which is what I want.

Here's where I get a clue: Senators want to be President. Congressmen want to get re-elected. That's why one house wants a legislative accomplishment and the other house doesn't. What am i missing here?
1 year ago
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"This is as much Republican hating as I've seen anywhere."

No, not hate but contempt.
You really think Boehner is worth hating?
Sheep like you will bleat until the very end.
1 year ago
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"Why is everyone so convinced that Boehner wants to pass a bill at all costs just like the bozos in the Senate?"

It could be his documented history of caving at every encounter with the Left. The reason that there has been repeated mention of the Hastert Rule, is because in every encounter with the Democrats over budgets, debt ceilings, continuing resolutions, etc.; he and about 40 of his ilk have voted with Nancy Pelosi and against the Republican caucus to give absolute victory to the Democrats. He always hints at resistance at first, and then crumbles. And afterwards crosses his heart and promises to follow the Hastert Rule from then on.

Can you offer any compelling and rational reason to expect anything else this time?

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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And another thing. If Boehner does drop this baby on its head like I expect him to, will anybody in this forum have the class to say they were wrong about Boehner? Does he have to swear an oath to oppose amnesty or will it suffice for you folks if he accidentally on purpose lets it die?
1 year ago
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This is beginning to remind me of the old movie Stepford
Wives. The GOP has had its brains morphed into abject
subjugation to Obama. So much for the determination for
the House to come up with its own bills. What idiot thinks
it is okay to suspend all enforcement for 2.5 years or more
with Napolitano in change of rubber stamping illegals? This
level of stupidity is too epic for the GOP to survive. The more Rubio and pals defend the outrageous bill, the more
determined I become to reject them all.
1 year ago
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It's not subjugation to Obama. He's irrelevant. It's brutalization by the Progressives (or "Democrats," to use an obsolete term). They simple beat the crap out of the Republicans at every turn. Progressives want to WIN. They're like a semi coming down the highway and the Republicans are like the proverbial deer in the headlights.

Why can't the Republicans kick ass? What's wrong with them? Why do they let the Democrats keep the initiative?
1 year ago
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We know Boehner by now. If he refuses to take a public stand, it means he will actively push what the Democrats want. If he takes a public stand against what the Democrats want, it means that he intends to feign reluctance when he gives them what they want.

If you happen to encounter your member of Congress during this break [not likely, because I am sure that most of them are going to be hiding from the peasants], y'all might remind them that someday they will not have the protection of being in Congress and have to face reality.

Subotai Bahadur
1 year ago
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This is the Bold Decisive Leadership we've all come to expect from the Speaker Boehner.
1 year ago
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Boehner wouldn't have been elected Speaker if the GOP gave a scat about principles or accomplishments. Gutless and lazy voters elected gutless and lazy officials and they elected a gutless and lazy Speaker. All this was done while people were making excuses for being gutless and lazy.

Liberals act, conservatives talk and talk. Conservatives, to this day, keep explaining fact to liberals, the same liberals that have ignored 100 years of socialist failure are told facts as if they have the power to work on liberals.
1 year ago
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Does anyone know a doctor who performs spinal transplants?
1 year ago
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Anyone who expects Boehner to step up is delusional. He feigns interest in being the antithesis of the Demsters but this is not the case. Moreover, he doesn't have the emotional wherewithal to withstand any pressure and ObamaCare was just too much for his weak constitution - http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/15/u-s-party-politics-at-a-cross-roads-complicit-rinos-play-footsie-with-revolutionary-dems-where-is-congress-headed-commentary-by-adina-kutnicki/

Amnesty will become the "law" of the land and RINO's will play footsie.

Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/
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