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House Republicans: We'll Stop Amnesty Bill

Tuesday, 26 June 2007 12:00 AM

WASHINGTON — House Republicans rejected President Bush's sweeping immigration reform bill on Tuesday, passing a symbolic measure opposing the legislation.

The vote was 114 to 23, and it came after the Senate voted to revive a stalled immigration overhaul that would offer a path to citizenship to millions of illegal immigrants.

"Today's vote illustrates overwhelming opposition among Republicans in the House to the Senate immigration bill and the process in which it was developed," said House Republican Pete Hoekstra, according to Agence France Presse.

"It's dead on arrival in the House," Rep. Mark Souder, R-Ind. said of the Senate bill. "A comprehensive bill will not pass the House. There is significant Democratic opposition and overwhelming Republican opposition."

"There is, in fact, overwhelming opposition in the U.S. House to the Senate immigration bill," said Rep. John Shadegg, R-Ariz. "You will see an overwhelming vote in the House conference in opposition to the Senate bill and/or a letter signed by the overwhelming majority of House Republicans opposing this particular bill."

"The Republican Conference has always advocated for immigration reform, but the Senate bill is bad public policy that does not reflect our position."

"We are in the midst of democracy at its best," said House Minority Leader John Boehner, who said he warned the Bush White House of the coming House GOP uprising.

"I did discuss it with them, I thought it was my job to give them a heads up. I can't say they were happy about it," Boehner said of White House reaction. "But you can't throttle back debate in the House or debate in our conference. This is a big issue. We get questions about it all the time."

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