House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said today that an immigration bill is unlikely to come to the House floor if it does not have the support of a majority of the House Republican caucus, according to The Washington Times.
This move by Speaker Boehner will make it much more difficult for the Senate Gang of Eight's amnesty bill to become law.
The Gang of Eight's bill, currently on the Senate floor, would give amnesty to 11 million illegal aliens, add an additional 22 million foreign workers over ten years and not guarantee border security.
Speaker Boehner says he is concerned that the White House and Senate Democrats are using immigration and the Gang of Eight amnesty bill as a political move to gain votes, rather than produce solid and thoughtful reform.
“I also [suggest] to our members today that any immigration reform bill that is going to go into law ought to have a majority of both parties’ support if we’re really serious about making that happen, and so I don’t see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn’t have a majority support of Republicans,” Mr. Boehner said.
“Listen, I think this immigration issue’s been kicked around in this town now for 15 years. … I said the day after the election [that] it was time for Congress to do its work,” Mr. Boehner said. “It was the president who said he wanted a ‘robust vote’ coming out of the Senate to help move this process along, and yet here’s the president and Senate Democrats working to limit the number of Republican votes that this immigration bill is likely to get. I think that’s unfortunate.”
He called the Senate immigration bill “weak” on border security, and suggested that the security triggers were “almost laughable.”
On Monday, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) suggested that Boehner should lose his gavel if he moved forward on immigration without majority support of Republicans. Asked by reporters today if he agreed with Rohrabacher’s assessment, the Speaker paused and, after a few seconds, said “maybe.”
Boehner will discuss immigration with members of the Republican caucus at a special conference on July 10.
Updated: Tue, Jun 18th 2013 @ 3:15pm EDT