Boehner Kills Immigration Push

14 November 2013 |permalink | email article

The House Speaker signaled the end to push for major immigration legislation this year. He ruled out negotiations between the House and the Senate on an expansive immigration overhaul similar to one approved by the Senate and with bipartisan support in June. “The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one has every read, which the Senate did,” he said. With few legislative days left in 2013 and nearly all the focus on the health care law and House-Senate budget talks. Boehner said that House Republicans had little interest in detouring on two immigration legislation that divides the party. The Speaker’s stance means the the immigration fight would be pushed back to 2014. Any movement would probably have to come earlier in the year before the midterm elections get to close. The bottom line means to me that the Speaker is not in a hurry to do anything next year.

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