House GOP Leaders Taking the Path of Least Resistance
It is unlikely Majority Leader Cantor missed Speaker Boehner’s comments about comprehensive immigration reform…so what can we conclude from the failure of even a mention of immigration in Cantor’s latest legislative agenda?
House Republican leaders are, again, taking the path of least resistance.
From Huffington Post: Immigration Not On House GOP Agenda For Spring
Immigration reform still isn’t on the agenda for the House GOP, according to a memo sent Friday by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to Republican members.
The spring legislative agenda, which lays out the House GOP conference’s priorities for the coming months, promises legislation aimed at “building an America that works,” including, unsurprisingly, a promise to attempt to repeal Obamacare. But it doesn’t mention the word “immigration” once, despite continued statements from Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) that he would like to address the issue.
The speaker mocked his GOP colleagues at a Middletown Rotary Club event Thursday for resisting his efforts at reform, but said it remains difficult. Boehner has previously said Republicans’ distrust of Obama could make it impossible to pass reform this year.
“Here’s the attitude. ‘Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,’” Boehner said at the event. “We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems, and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to. … They’ll take the path of least resistance.”
Speaker Boehner and the House GOP can’t have it both ways. Either comprehensive immigration reform is critically important and should be addressed immediately or it isn’t and it won’t.
One month ago, House Democrats launched the #DemandAVote discharge petition to force Republican leaders to bring H.R. 15, bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation, to the floor for a vote. The economic impact of fixing our broken immigration system is undeniable. Comprehensive immigration reform would:
Help small businesses expand, foster innovation, increase productivity, raise wages and create thousands of jobs in communities big and small across the country.
Reduce the federal deficit by $900 billion over the next two decades – including $200 billion in the first decade alone, according to the nonpartisan CBO.
Make the choice. Solve the problem. It will pass. The #TimeIsNow.