Before you head home on this sunny Monday afternoon, we wanted to make sure you saw that the business community is pushing House Republicans to take action on immigration reform. Politico recaps:
“’If the Republicans don’t do it, [comprehensive immigration reform] they shouldn’t bother to run a candidate in 2016,’ Donohue joked at an event on infrastructure investment in D.C.”
“National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons said he also thought immigration reform could pass this year, perhaps in a lame-duck session.”
"'This is a unified position of the business community,’ Timmons said.”
But in spite of that unified support, Speaker Boehner is still using the lame excuse (that exactly no one buys) that the GOP can't do immigration reform because they don't trust President Obama - even though they really, really want to do it. From The Hill:
“Addressing the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Monday in San Antonio, Boehner said he wanted to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws ‘in chunks’ over a period of a week or two to a month.”
"But none of that will happen, Boehner reiterated, until President Obama builds back trust with Republicans in Congress."
“Boehner said that after years of bipartisan talks on immigration, the parties were ‘getting closer on the policy side’ on immigration.”
“’This is not about politics. It is not about elections,’ he said. ‘It is about doing the right thing for the American people. It’s about doing the right thing for the country. Period.’”
Well Mr. Speaker, if it's the right thing to do, there's an easy solution: it’s time House Republicans put their money where their mouth is and bring H.R. 15 to Floor for a vote and watch it pass.