I am encouraged by the bold voices out of the GOP, if not optimistic. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) interviewed with Laura Ingraham saying he thinks Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) will not allow the an amnesty-immigration bill to move to a House-Senate Conference where amnesty will likely become a reality, and if he does… (listen below to Congressman Louie Gohmert on how Boehner might out-maneuver those insisting on border security before any legislation).
“I think … if he allows something to pass out of conference that looks anything like the Senate bill and is passed with a majority of Democrats, I think that will be the final thing he does as speaker. So, I think he knows that, and I think he’s going to be very cautious, and I hope he will defend us on this and not pass something that looks like the Senate bill.”
To be sure, Boehner has said he will not bring forth immigration legislation without the backing of his conference, also saying that border security must come first.
For his part, Paul is renewing his call for annual votes in Congress on how successfully any immigration law would be implemented.
“I want Congress to be in charge of whether the border’s secure or not, not the president, whether it’s a Republican or Democrat president, I want Congress to be in charge because I have more trust in the people’s representatives because they’re closer to the people,” Paul said. “Is it perfect? Probably not perfect, but that’s what I want to have happen.” Source: Roll Call
but…how about lobbyists?
Senior GOP aides of a super PAC linked to Speaker John Boehner are lobbying House Republicans to pass the Senate “Gang of Eight” immigration bill, legislation that Boehner has said he will not bring to the House floor.
The lobbying effort is coming under the umbrella of the American Action Network, a nonprofit 501(c)(4) “action tank” led by former senator Norm Coleman, which is touting the “major positive economic impact” of the Senate bill in e-mails sent to individual House Republican offices.
AAN is housed in the same office as the Congressional Leadership Fund, a super PAC associated with Boehner, and the two organizations share senior aides, including Brian O. Walsh, the president of both organizations, and Dan Conston, the spokesman for both. Source: Heritage
Boehner has said he will not allow a bill to come to the floor of the House that does have the support of a majority of House Republicans but Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX) says there’s a catch:
“I don’t see any way of bringing an immigration reform bill to the floor that doesn’t have the majority support of Republicans,” Boehner said.
However, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said that firm statement may only apply to a bill that starts in the House.
“He has been consistent on that as far as a bill coming to the floor of the House that the House generates. That is not the concern that Steve King, Michele Bachmann and others and I have had,” Gohmert told WND. “Our concern has been that even if we pass a very good bill, like Trey Gowdy’s bill, if the speaker sends that to a conference committee and the report comes back and that’s the one we’re concerned may not have a majority of Republicans.”
A House-Senate conference committee is convened to reconcile different versions of legislation in the House and Senate. Once the conference agrees on a final version, the two chambers vote on that bill with no opportunity for amendments. That’s the scenario that has Gohmert and others worried.
“If we get a bill back that has amnesty and 99 percent of the Democrats vote for it and the speaker can put the pressure on 30, 40, 50 of our guys, people that are committee chairs or in leadership positions, then they can still pass it even without a majority (of Republican support),” he explained.
“We have understood that the speaker didn’t want to bring a bill to the floor of the House originally. Our concern is bringing a conference report to the floor that a majority of the Republicans do not support,” he said.
According to press reports, Boehner was noncommittal Tuesday when specifically asked whether his vow to require a majority of GOP support would apply to a House-Senate conference report. Source: WND
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