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