Harry Reid: Boehner Will Tackle Immigration Reform Next Year

Image: Harry Reid: Boehner Will Tackle Immigration Reform Next Year

Saturday, 21 Dec 2013 03:34 PM

By Todd Beamon

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
House Speaker John Boehner will defy tea party critics and undertake broad immigration reform next year, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicted Saturday.

“I think that John Boehner will conference with the Senate," the Nevada Democrat told The Hill in an interview. "Why wouldn’t he? He’ll have a lot of pressure from his members now that the election is getting closer.

“Some of his members are in very marginal districts where they need to do something on immigration,” Reid said of the Ohio Republican.

After the Senate passed its sweeping immigration legislation in June, Boehner declared that the House would not take an "Obamacare-like" approach to reform, but would instead pass smaller bills addressing specific issues regarding the plight of 11 million illegal aliens in the United States.

Boehner reiterated that position last month, saying at a news conference: “We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill. … The idea that we're going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House."

Boehner is sticking to that approach, spokesman Michael Steel told the Hill on Saturday.

“The speaker has been very clear that the House will only address immigration reform in a step-by-step common-sense manner,” Steel said.

Immigration-reform advocates had hoped that a compromise could be reached by the end of the year through negotiation between the chambers, which would result in legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to eventually become legal or to receive citizenship status.

The pathway issue remains the most controversial part of the Senate bill.

Reid told the Hill that Boehner's recent attacks on tea party and other conservative groups who opposed this month's budget deal would lead him to conference with the Senate.

The speaker has been under pressure by conservatives to not even pass smaller reform bills, however, the Hill reports.

The critics fear being outmaneuvered by the Senate, which could combine restrictive legislation on such issues as border security or work visas with the comprehensive bill — then sending it back to the House for straight up-or-down vote, the Hill reports.

"Let's understand something," Boehner said at the November news conference. "I want to deal with this issue. This is about trying to do this in a way that the American people and our members can absorb.

"There are hundreds of issues involved in dealing with immigration reform," the speaker added. "We've got to deal with these in a common-sense way where our members understand what we're doing and their constituents understand."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Rand Paul: Experience Not Necessary For Higher Office

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 21:53 PM

A politician can have too much experience, says first-term Republican Sen. Rand Paul, dismissing claims that he and othe . . .

Clawson Romps Home in GOP Primary for Radel's Seat

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 21:18 PM

Political newbie Curt Clawson easily won the Republican nomination in a Congressional race in Florida on Tuesday. Rep. T . . .

38 Republicans Back Sen. Ron Johnson's Executive Overreach Lawsuit

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 21:06 PM

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson has found 38 fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill to sign on to his lawsuit fighting what he ca . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved