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September 22, 2014

Boehner Declines to Take Hard Stance on Immigration

Speaker John A. Boehner refused to predict what the House’s immigration legislation would look like, saying it would only make the process more difficult if he took “a hard position.”

In an interview Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” the Ohio Republican declined to say whether he supported legislation that would facilitate a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants.

“I’m not going to predict what’s going to be on the floor and what isn’t going to be on the floor, and that’s what you’re asking me to do. I can’t do that, and I don’t want to do that,” Boehner told the show’s host, Bob Schieffer. “What I committed to when I became speaker was to a more open and fair process. And as difficult as this issue is, me taking a hard position for or against some of these issues will make it harder for us to get a bill.”

Boehner has said repeatedly the House will “work its will” on immigration reform and every other major issue that comes before the chamber, from the debt limit to the budget blueprint.

“It’s not about me,” he said in his interview.

Along the way, however, his leadership style been criticized by Democrats for allowing his conference to be “hijacked” by a sizable faction of tea-party-inspired Republicans elected to the House in droves during the past two election cycles. And those are the members who might threaten the chances of an immigration overhaul’s passage, considering many of them have said they won’t support an immigration overhaul bill at all or that stronger border-control mechanisms should come before any pathway to legalization.

Boehner has also made the case for border security. However, he has been vague about what he means.

Boehner defended the dozens of votes House leaders have held to repeal all or parts of Obamacare, saying that if the president’s health care law were workable, the administration would not be delaying implementation of a key employer mandate.

And Boehner defended his approach as the top Republican in Congress and the most powerful member of the House.

“I’ve watched a number of speakers during my tenure here in Congress,” he said, “and I can talk about what happened just before I became speaker. All the bills were written in the speaker’s office. Those bills all turned out to be very unpopular.

“Yeah, I’ve got certain things that I’d like to see accomplished, but this is not going to be about me,” he continued. “If we’re listening to the American people and we’re following their will, our House will work just fine.”

He also downplayed criticism that, under his leadership, the House has become more polarized and has contributed broadly to the most dysfunctional Congress in modern history.

“We’re fighting for what we believe in,” Boehner said, attributing Congress’ low approval ratings on “divided government” rather than the House’s job performance. “Sometimes the American People don’t like the mess.”

  • MrArchieBunker

    GOP=GRUMPY OLD PUTZE”S

    GOP=GRUMPY OLD PEOPLE :)

    EDUCATE YOURSELF. GET THE TRUE FACTS NOT POLITICAL SPIN & LIES.

    By 2016 3 to 5.000.000 Seniors that vote Republican will pass away.

    by 2020 another 10 to 15.000.000 will pass away.

    There are 50,000 Latinos coming of age to vote every month= over 3.000.000 THREE MILLION NEW VOTERS for 2016 AND ANOTHER 5.000.000 VOTERS IN 2020, THEY ALL ARE CERTAINLY GOING TO VOTE REPUBLICANS :) HA HA HA THANKS FOR THE LAUGH :):):)

    The REPUBLICANS ARE A DO NOTHING PARTY. HERE ARE THE FACTS ON IMMIGRATION REFORM.

    For all the tough talk about immigration reform, the House has done NOTHING on border security and the Senate has.

    Likewise, they’ve done NOTHING to solve the visa overstay issue, workplace verification or the H-1B visa problem. It is well and good to vaguely declare the Gang of Eight bill insufficient, but certainly it does more for border security and these other issues than House Republicans have managed to do (which is NOTHING).

    The argument that the House can do NOTHING runs headlong into anti-immigration forces hype about the out-of-control border and the supposed economic burdens of illegal immigration. If it’s such a horrible problem — immigrants pouring over the border and all — why is the REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED HOUSE JUST SITTING THERE?????

    Another Year of OPEN BORDERS
    Another Year of BORDER CROSSINGS,
    Another Year of WORK SITE VERIFICATIONS,
    Another Year of VISA OVER STAYS,

    Thanks Republicans the Undocumented are Happy that you’ll ar doing NOTHING :) Just PANDERING TO YOUR BASE.

    In poll after poll, roughly three-quarters of Americans say they support a path to citizenship along the lines laid out in the Senate bill, which calls for a minimum wait of 13 years for most illegal immigrants. In a Gallup poll last month, for example, 87 percent said they would vote in favor of a bill that “would allow illegal immigrants living in the U.S. the opportunity to become citizens after a long waiting period if they paid taxes and a penalty, pass a criminal background check, and learn English.”

    Twelve percent said they would oppose such a measure. That is the 12 percent to whom House Republicans are listening. And 12 percent is a long, long way from 51 percent.

    By rejecting immigration, the Republicans in the House are sending a message that they’re not interested in being part of the solution. “If you only have to worry about your right flank — you don’t have to worry about a general election, don’t have to worry about governing — that’s a pretty easy gig, isn’t it? What the hell is the point?”

    Paul Ryan The Budget Committee chairman, whose next job may be head of the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, makes his case based on numbers.

    ‘‘Baby boomers are retiring to the tune of 10,000 people a day for the next 10 years,’’ Ryan said. ‘‘We’re going to have labor shortages in this country in the next decade. We need to have our immigration system prepared for that. It’s going to take time to do that and that’s why I think we need to do it now.’’

  • kafantaris

    “[T]he American people don’t like this mess.”
    That’s for sure.
    Time for House Speaker John Boehner to go.
    For the good of the Country.
    For the good of the Republican Party.

  • stasis

    Boy, the GOP is sure a schizophrenic mess. Perhaps it needs to redefine itself.

  • rath150

    What is wrong with the people in Oho? Can’t they see what this RINO is doing? He is selling out the conservatives in our society. They should be formulating a petition to recall this traitor! And what is wrong with the so-called conservatives in the House – they are letting him do ob’s will! Are they all RINO’s? He wanted this job so he could do what is right for America and he has done nothing but he opposite and become a butt boy for ob – reid and the rest of ob’s minions.
    DO THESE RINO’S REALLY BELIEVE THAT THE HIPANICS WILL JUST ROLL OVER AND REWARD THESE RINO’S BECAUSE THEY ARE GIVING ob EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTS? HOW IGNORANT THEY MUST BE.

    HE IS A GUTLESS WONDER AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL!!!!!!!!!

  • twinsfan1100

    In order to be an illegal immigrant with impunity is three steps:
    1. Visit the US on a tourist visa.
    2. Overstay the visa and move to a sanctuary city like Boston or San Francisco
    3. Wait for the Schumer-Rubio-Obama Amnesty Bill to pass.

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