The media is calling it, “Hastert Deals Blow to Immigration Bill.” To myself, it looks like Speaker Hastert is going to use sunshine to kill the mold, excuse me kill “the bill.”
Hastert said hearings on the Senate bill should be held before appointing anyone to a House-Senate committee to negotiate a compromise immigration bill. Later, he said he was unsure what the House’s next move would be.
“We’re going to take a long look at it,” Hastert said late Tuesday.
Ahem….”take a long look” is Washington code for lets bury this thing.
Remember that John McCain was in a hurry to get this abomination all wrapped up and to the House before Memorial Day. Why? Because he clearly understood that too much “sunshine” would have a harmful effect on his creation.
John McCain and Teddy Kennedy just love to have hearings. Especially, when they are open to the Press. It will be priceless to now listen to McCain and Kennedy, two men that are normally in love with hearings, to now talk about rushing things. Speaker Hastert, please make sure the hearings are all in public.
House Majority Leader John Boehner made a very reasonable statement, in fact it was a statement that should be considered very reasonable;
I think we should know clearly what’s in the Senate bill.
I wonder what Lindsey Grahem would have to say about the House wanting to know “clearly what’s in the Senate bill?”
Looks like this will look real good for members of the House, who will nit pick this to death, and show what a good job they are doing, and it will look very bad for Republican Senators, up for election, that supported this.
I would now suspect that that Minority of the Majority that supported this thing will try to kill the bill so hearings do not occur.