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House Republicans Scorn Senate Immigration Bill; Say They’ll Craft Their Own

June 28, 2013 by  

House Republicans haven’t had time to read through the massive omnibus immigration reform bill their Senate colleagues passed on Thursday.

Judging by their comments about the bill, which creates a path to amnesty for illegal aliens in the U.S. and authorizes completion of a border fence that the DHS Secretary can choose to terminate, they’re much more likely to craft their own version – or smaller, bite-sized versions – of immigration legislation than to spend time and energy reading through the Senate package, which most of them have already dismissed.

Regard for the Senate bill in the Republican-majority House is almost universally scornful, with Congressmen insinuating the House has become the “smarter” legislative chamber, offering a moral and intellectual salve for the hasty, unconsidered and self-defeating approach to immigration reform they feel their Senate peers have taken.

Here’s a sampling of House members’ spoken disdain for the Senate bill:

  • “Just like all the Senators, I haven’t read it yet.” – Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.)
  • “The Corker-Hoeven [border security] amendment is terrible.” – John Fleming (R-La.)
  • “More work on the border is good, but it doesn’t solve all the problems with that bill.” – Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.)
  • “It is a pipe dream to think that that bill is going to the floor and be voted on.” – Peter Roskam (R-Ill.)
  • “[F]old it up into a paper airplane and throw it out the window.” – Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.)
  • “If you think that the House is going to cave and bring up the Senate bill, that is idiotic.” – Devin Nunes (R-Calif.)
  • “The Senate is, at this point, irrelevant.” – Ted Poe (R-Texas)

H/T: National Review

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • http://PersonalLiberty Jim

    Once again, the repugs are obstructing anything/everything before them. There main focus, as it has been since Obama was elected, is to defeat anything that might reflect favorably on the administration. That weren’t able to prevent the re-election of Obama. They still can’t believe, “the black man”, won re-election

    • Jim S

      You sir, are an idiot. Maybe you should learn what’s in this bill and how bad it is for our country.

    • RJ

      No just can’t believe the Ignorant Generation re-elected this moron.
      I’m colored so it’s not a race problem.

      • Ron r

        Yeah I bet you are. And even if you are because you did not vote for him does not mean a thing as far as race is concerned. Read some of the crap on this site and tell me it’s not about race.

      • Ron r

        My bad,your real name could be Clarence (ain’t Gona be no slave ) Thomas.

  • Zeropoint123

    Jim S ..I have to second your motion !!!

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