Get PJ Media on your Apple

The PJ Tatler

by
Rick Moran

Bio

December 22, 2013 - 5:18 am
Page 1 of 2  Next ->   View as Single Page

Harry Reid isn’t helping his cause by making the speaker of the House look weak in the knees. But it’s probably close to the truth — depending on your point of view. With the budget battle pushed to the sidelines and the debt ceiling looming in February, there appears to be a small window where the House could take up the piecemeal immigration bills that Boehner has indicated he wants to bring to the floor. Meanwhile, Reid insists that Boehner must go to conference willing to deal on the 1200 page comprehensive reform package passed by the Senate last year.

The question will be: what happens at a conference committee to reconcile the two approaches?

The Hill reports:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) believes Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will negotiate on comprehensive immigration reform next year, despite his declarations to the contrary.

The Democratic leader argued that Boehner has a new willingness to confront Tea Party groups and this, in turn, gives Reid confidence that he will not have to break up the Senate immigration bill to negotiate a series of piecemeal reforms with the House.

“I think that John Boehner will conference with the Senate. Why wouldn’t he? He’ll have a lot of pressure from his members now that the election is getting closer,” Reid said in an interview with The Hill.

“Some of his members are in very marginal districts where they need to do something on immigration,” he added.

Boehner has vowed he will not let the Senate bill, which spans more than 1,200 pages, reach the negotiating table. The most controversial element of the package is a provision granting a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.

“We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill,” Boehner told reporters last month.

A spokesman for Boehner said his boss is sticking to his strategy.

“The Speaker has been very clear that the House will only address immigration reform in a step-by-step common-sense manner,” said Boehner spokesman Michael Steel.

Boehner has been under pressure from conservative members of his conference not to pass even smaller pieces of immigration reform.

They fear being strategically outmaneuvered. Narrowly-tailored legislation on border security or work visas could be combined with the Senate’s comprehensive bill and then returned to the House floor for an up-or-down vote, they fear.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), a Tea Party favorite, has organized a group of conservatives pledging to vote against any immigration reform bill to prevent Democrats from using it as a legislative vehicle to enact the pathway to citizenship.

Even Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a co-sponsor of the Senate bill, has backed away from calls to go to conference with the comprehensive measure.

“At this point, the most realistic way to make progress on immigration would be through a series of individual bills,” Rubio spokesman Alex Conant said in October.

Comments are closed.

Top Rated Comments   
Boehner will "cave"??? Seriously?? Boehner and the rest of the clowns in the ruling class WANT amnesty for illegal aliens! Stop pretending that old Weepy has any desire whatsoever to fight for even one single value that the base holds dear. He's a junior democrat, more interested in a pat on the head from his pimp Obama than he is in fighting for what's left of our country.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
All Comments   (17)
All Comments   (17)
Sort: Newest Oldest Top Rated
Since large parts of the civil and law enforcement community selectively choose what parts of the current immigration laws to keep and ignore the rest, why does it matter whether we get strong, weak, passive or permissive new immigration laws? They'll do whatever they please anyway.

Suppose for a moment that strong legislation is passed that encourages legal immigration, effectively tracks visa holders and foreign nationals and has civil and criminal discouragements for those who are here illegally...Why would such a law get enforced when our current immigration laws are not? We have de facto amnesty, why go through the pretense of condemning it while attempting to make it de jure? Enforce the laws we have, punish officials who fail to enforce these laws, then perhaps we can discuss rewriting or replacing them.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Boehners days are numbered. It wouldn't surprise me one bit that he would feather his own nest at the expense of his party, the country, and liberty. It fits.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
the fact that reid thinks Boehner will cave shows no intention on the part of reid to compromise.

Caving isn't a compromise.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Well, guess what folks, i hear lots of conservative republicians mention how great Texas is, guess who is number 2 in illegal immirgation and guest what govnerors illegal immirgation got worst under Bush and Perry. Hispanic Pew has Texas between 1.7 and 2.0 million. The rinos and Tea Party types like Ted Cruz want a lot of guest worker programs not new here. Years ago for states like Texas there should have been a guest worker program that would have deported the Vista overstays the biggest problem in the current immigration system In fact according to Hispanic Pew Texas has been the last 3 year growing about 50,000 a year in illegal immigrants because wealthy whites there hire them for day labor and construction and restaurant companies hire them too. In fact numbers USA show more opposition to immigration reform in Iowa a purplish
state.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Uh, here's a newsflash: States aren't allowed to enforce border security. Blaming the governors of border states for any increase of illegals into their state is beyond ignorant.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Reid is right. He knows the Republicans have no spines and will fold faster than a cheap umbrella.

The real question is why we continue to vote for these spineless losers.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
They only "caving," Harry, is Vegas. And I hope it goes soon. There are a lot of illegals needing power in SoCal.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
It's not caving when you support undermining the American worker for big payoffs from Big Business and the Chamber of Commerce.

It's called being bought and paid for.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
I have a compromise for everybody that will help America greatly, not that any of this clown parade cares. tackle something else this big (and screwed up) when this administration gets caught up on the existing problems we have, such as:

1. fix/repeal obamacare. can't force one screw-up on us before cramming another one down our throats? we're not even able to afford what is coming w/o tens of millions of 3rd world illegals who have probably never been to a doctor. crash! boom! bang!
2. come clean on the i.r.s. scandal.
3. come clean on the n.s.a. scandal.
4. come clean on Benghazi
5. come clean on fast & furious
6.. come clean on all the other crooked stuff honest men/women wouldn't be involved in.

then, when you get all those lies sorted out, then and only then bring up new business. this is amateur hour on steroids, and reeks of either a lack of professionalism, or a desire to overload our system and cause a major failure/crash leading to martial law (and worse). I'm betting on both from these lowlife lawyers from he!!.

and don't for a minute think these tens of millions of illegal invaders aren't planning on voting in '14. how can anybody accept that this many stupid people could live in one city (washington) at one time? or maybe we should ask how this many traitors, or crooks and other assorted criminals? and i'll give odds these elected lawyer geniuses haven't read these thousands of pages of new immigration laws/taxes/handouts either. probably need to pass it so we can see how it totally screws us over, again.

and the sheeple go baaaaahhhh.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
If there was ever any doubt Boehner would not attempt immigration reform in an election year, Reid's taunting has ensured it.

And that is Reid/Obama's plan. If Democrats are left in November with nothing but a plebiscite on Obama-Care, they lose in a rout. They need something to stir up their base. There being no convenient way to incite blacks, stupid young people, or single stupid women, the Latino contingent is all that remains.

Boehner, of course, will not waste his time waiting for apologies from those supposed "conservatives" who have slandered him.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Boehner and McConnell work with the left. They can't wait to have their bellies rubbed by there masters. If anything at all keeps them from attempting amnesty (Stop calling it "immigration". We already have a LEGAL way for people to accomplish that) it will be the realization that we will all stay home if they do it. Amnesty will buy them victory and defeat at the same time.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Boehner will "cave"??? Seriously?? Boehner and the rest of the clowns in the ruling class WANT amnesty for illegal aliens! Stop pretending that old Weepy has any desire whatsoever to fight for even one single value that the base holds dear. He's a junior democrat, more interested in a pat on the head from his pimp Obama than he is in fighting for what's left of our country.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Republicans are just as bad, I came from Orange County California where Chuck Devore that helps Rick Perry comes form and lots of the elite in the Tea party also support guest worker programs which will semi-legalized illegal immigrants not as bad as the Democrats but Ted Cruz wanted to get rid of the vista restrictions on immigration from Mexico, China and so forth for legal
immigration.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
1 2 Next View All

One Trackback to “Reid: Boehner Will Cave on Immigration”