As the House group struggling to write a bipartisan immigration bill huddled in the Capitol on Thursday, Republican leadership indicated its wait-and-see approach was over.
“Through regular order, the House will work its will and produce its own legislation,” said a statement issued by Republican leaders, including Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.
The implication was clear. While the Senate “gang” produced a bill, the House will have one of its own. And no matter what the House group is doing, or failing to get done, behind closed doors, the House’s immigration bill will move through Goodlatte’s committee if it is to carry a stamp of approval from Republican leaders.
The statement came shortly after Boehner accused members of both parties of working against a potential deal.
“I’ve gotta say there are people on both sides of the aisle who have done their best to try to undermine their ability to get to an agreement,” Boehner said.
Read More at The National Journal . By Rebecca Kaplan.
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