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September 1, 2014

Boehner Won’t Rule Out ENLIST Act Coming to House Floor

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Leadership decided not to allow Denham to offer a citizenship amendment. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio said Tuesday that a controversial measure granting citizenship to immigrants who serve in the military could come to the House floor as a stand-alone bill, despite leaders blocking it from being offered as an amendment to a broader defense authorization.

“There have been discussions about that but no decisions,” he told reporters, when asked whether the ENLIST Act would come to the House floor alone.

Boehner was also asked why leadership, though supportive of the measure in general, decided not to allow Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif. to offer it as an amendment on the House floor.

“We have supported it in the past but trying to do this on the National Defense Authorization bill seems to be an inappropriate place to do it,” Boehner said.

When asked whether a broader immigration rewrite, which leadership has long sought, would come up this year, Boehner noted again that House Republicans are awaiting some show of good faith from President Barack Obama to instill trust that he will enforce whatever laws they pass, though the speaker declined to say exactly what he wants to see from the president..

“I made clear over the last several months that until the president gives us some reason that, some confidence that, we can trust him to implement the immigration reform, we really don’t have much to talk about. The ball’s in the president’s court,” he said.

  • frjm

    does anyone, other than me, see a problem with illegal aliens serving in the military????? They are note causing enough damage now, so lets give them training and guns. NOW THAT IS BRILLIANT!!!!

  • Layla

    If amnesty in any form comes to the floor, look for a quick and steady flow from both sides of the aisle to the Independent Party, putting an end to easy wins by either the Dems or the Repubs.

    It is becoming apparent the people are going to get no help from this administration or this Congress, either side, in regards to jobs or the economy. The only people they are listening to are the members of the US Chamber of Commerce and La Raza. The most corrupt American government in history.

    If you want your country back, you’re going to have to take it at the ballot box in November.

    • REVTERRYBERN

      THE BALLOT BOX IS CONTROLLED BY DEAD PEOPLE AND THEIR REGISTERED PETS. REV BERN

  • Jazzy

    sad that boehner said gallup stats showed jobs as the number one issue in american, when the poll clearly stated that the number one problem was actually unemployment. The EUC bill is sitting on his desk, it would create 200,000 jobs and funnel money to the middle class – the people who spend money. Anything Boehner says is a spin story to hide the facts.

  • REVTERRYBERN

    MR. ( RINO ) REPUBLICAN IN NAME ONLY SHOULD BE SENT BACK TO OHIO. THIS PERSON IS DOING MORE UNDER THE TABLE TO DESTROY THE USA THAN THE KING ! ! !

  • One Thirsty Bear

    If the US government stopped adding new debt, and then paid off a $1 billion of existing debt per year, it would be debt free in 17,000 years

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