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Boehner: Immigration Bill Should Pass by End of Year

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John Boehner spoke this morning to George Stephanopoulos on ABC's Good Morning America. Here's the transcript of his remarks on the subject. The main news that he made was at the end of the interview is his saying that immigration reform is the most important matter of business for the House this year and that he hoped a bill would become law within the calendar year.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Bottom line, what's the most important thing you'll get done this year?

BOEHNER: I think-- immigration reform-- is probably at the top of that list.

STEPHANOPOULOS: Signed into law?

BOEHNER: I think by the end of the year, we could have a bill. Now, I
don't know how much-- traffic-- that this-- will bear. This is a-- this
is a big bill. And I'm tryin'-- people tryin' to do an awful lot of
things. But I think-- we've got a serious problem with our legal
immigration-- system. We clearly have a problem with illegal
immigration. We got a problem with border security, and our ability to
enforce the law today. So when you start to look at tryin' to address
all of that, it's a big challenge.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But one that passes the House, passes the Senate, signed by the president--

BOEHNER: Yeah. No question.


Boehner noted he has concerns about the Senate bill but would not get specific except to say that they relate to the border security provisions. He avoided taking a position on creating a pathway to citizenship, but also refused to say it would be a dealbreaker. Rather, he said this issue would be worked out on the House floor.  He did note, however, that he expected the House bill to be to the right of the Senate bill.


Boehner didn't explicitly commit to sidestepping the Hastert rule of requiring a majority of Republicans to back a bill before he would let it come to a vote. But it sounded that way to me:

STEPHANOPOULOS: But in the end, you're gonna have to make the big call.
You're gonna have to make the call on whether or not to allow a vote on
a bill-- that perhaps doesn't get a majority of Republicans. (COUGH)
In the past, you have not been willing to do that. Are you willing to
do it now?

BOEHNER: George, I-- listen. I've allowed the House to work with-- t--
well, more than any speaker in modern history, to the point where there
are some bills that have passed-- with a majority of Democrats-- in
favor, and a minority of Republicans--

STEPHANOPOULOS: And you're willing to do that with immigration.

BOEHNER: --and I've been criticized for it. What I'm committed to is a
fair and open process on the floor of the House-- so that all members--
have an opportunity.


BOEHNER: It's not up-- it's not about what I want. It's about what the
House wants. And my job is-- as speaker-- is to ensure that all members
on both sides have a fair shot at their ideas--

STEPHANOPOULOS: And if that means-- if that means putting on the floor a
bill that will get more Democrats than Republicans, the majority of
Democrats, not--

BOEHNER: I-- I don't believe that will be the case.

STEPHANOPOULOS: But you're open to it?

BOEHNER: We're gonna let the House work its will.


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  1. Sagar's Avatar
    According to Boehner he expected the bill to pass committee by the end of June.

    If so, what is the delay till end of the year?
  2. Sagar's Avatar
    The vote on cloture is 82-15 in favor
  3. George Chell in Singapore's Avatar
    CIR 2013 unlikely. CIR 2014 likely!
  4. washpo's Avatar
    Hastert Law???? WTF.

    Dennis was a corrupt politician who created a stupid rule and these repugs are maniacally adhering to this stupid rule..

    Hastert used his taxpayer-funded office to conduct private business.
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