“I’m concerned that Speaker Boehner is getting ahead of House Republicans when he commits to getting a ‘comprehensive approach’ to immigration taken care of ‘once and for all.’ There’s been zero discussion of this issue within the conference, and I’m urging the Speaker to talk with House Republicans before making pledges on the national news. The Speaker needs to pull back on this issue and stop negotiating in public.”
Indeed, the House Republican majority remains almost completely unchanged, except that the new caucus is more conservative than the old one. If John Boehner wants to remain speaker, he should make sure that 120 Republican Congressman don’t vote against him.
Boehner knows this, of course. So he’s walking back his comments:
“I’m not talking about a 3,000-page bill,” he said. “What I’m talking about is a common-sense, step-by-step approach that would secure our borders, allow us to enforce the laws and fix a broken immigration system,” he said. “I’m not going to get into any of the details of how you would get there. It’s just time to get the job done.”