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Boehner: House Will Do Immigration Their Way

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Things are going swimmingly over in the Senate while the House doesn't seem to be able to figure out what it's going to do on immigration.

The LA Times reports on a couple of interesting developments today:

Differences over whether immigrants should be deported for fail

ing to have health insurance or pay their healthcare bills
have stalled a bipartisan group of House lawmakers, who blew past a
self-imposed Thursday deadline as they pressed forward on a sweeping immigration overhaul.

emerged upbeat from a closed-door meeting in the Capitol and said they
remained on track to produce a bill by June. That, in itself, was
significant, after the group of eight was on the verge of breakup.

"We were all positive that we can move forward," said Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, a top Republican leading the bipartisan effort.

Republican leaders are increasingly concerned that momentum in the
Senate, where a bipartisan immigration bill cleared a committee this
week, will leave them on defense without their own proposal.

In the mean time, John Boehner has said he's not interested in simply taking up the Senate bill and believes the House will get it together:

"The House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system,
but we will not simply take up and accept the bill that is emerging in
the Senate if it passes," Boehner and his GOP
leadership team said in a joint statement as the private meeting was
ending. "The House will work its will and produce its own legislation."

In the mean time, the House is in recess for the next week and will be back in early June when they'll have to deal with the latest issue to hold up a deal - what to do about access to health care for the millions of people who will become legal under immigration reform.


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  1. CIR2013's Avatar
  2. RR's Avatar
    Steve King, stay classy!!!
  3. USC's Avatar
    Current CIR will be brought to the Senate Floor the week of June 10, after action on the Farm Bill (which is now before the Senate) is completed.
  4. Bitter truth's Avatar
    It will pass the Senate floor, House is the bottleneck and possibly the grave.....
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