URL: politicalwire . com/archives/
TITLE: "Conservatives Say No Chance for Immigration Reform"
DATE: October 18, 2013
At the link, Taegan Goddard writes:
- House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) "has said he is committed to advancing immigration legislation in this Congress but there is virtually no interest among GOP lawmakers to vote for the kind of sweeping bill that Democrats are seeking," USA Today reports.
- Said Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID): "It's not going to happen this year. After the way the president acted over the last two or three weeks where he would refuse to talk to the speaker of the House... they're not going to get immigration reform. That's done."
- Added Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS): "That would really melt down the conference."
The USA Today article (link) doesn't portray some form of "reform" as impossible as Goddard would have you believe. And, other news reports point out that many House members want some form of "reform". If you rely on what Taegan Goddard says, you'd think any sort of "reform" won't happen this year, when that's not the case.
For instance, from "Written off for dead, immigration reform could still live on" (link):
- Republican immigration proponents have been quietly talking to GOP members throughout even the craziest days of the shutdown and default fights. They report some progress. Yes, the most conservative House Republicans are mostly against them. But those with a libertarian bent are more open to the cause. The aide says reformers have had good meetings "with a few of those guys who were with Ted Cruz at Tortilla Coast," referring to the House conservatives who held out longest against a deal to end the shutdown.
Even the USA Today article is more about House members being miffed and wanting to be negotiated with rather than absolutely ruling out "reform":
- House Republicans emerged from the 16-day shutdown fight angered at the White House and Reid for refusing to negotiate over the terms to end the shutdown and lift the nation's debt ceiling.
- Some say that if the Democrats use the same strategy and refuse to compromise on immigration then the issue will be dead this year.
- "It's a little disingenuous to treat the House as an irrelevant branch of government and then say, 'By the way, tomorrow you'll need to go ahead and push (immigration reform),'" said Gowdy, who has been moderately supportive of immigration changes and says he maintains good relationships with House Democrats.
- ...Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, a conservative who was once a member of a bipartisan House group that tried to draft a broad immigration bill, said the prospects for even smaller bills are slim in the House.
- "It's not going to happen this year," Labrador said. "After the way the president acted over the last two or three weeks where he would refuse to talk to the speaker of the House ... they're not going to get immigration reform. That's done."
- ...And while Cruz was marginalized during Senate hearings on the immigration law, his opposition to the bill may get new life through the more conservative wing of the House.
- "As we've recently seen, he has the ear of a number of people in the House and I think he's going to be a factor," said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., another member of the bipartisan House immigration group who is confident something can pass.
- But Democrats say the inability of GOP conservatives to delay or defund Obamacare, and their caving on their opposition to raising the nation's $16.7 trillion debt ceiling, shows that the Cruz and conservatives cannot get everything they want.
- "You could hear the hissing sound of the pent-up, perceived power being relieved," said Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., who filed the House version of a sweeping immigration bill that has now garnered 182 Democratic co-sponsors.