GOP House Members Opposed to Senate Amnesty Bill, Use Meeting to Plan Next Move

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GOP House Members Opposed to Senate Amnesty Bill

“Opening the special, closed-door conference meeting, Speaker John Boehner told Republicans to look him in the eye as he said it one more time: We are not going to take up the Senate bill, and before we take up a vote on any bill or conference report on immigration, we will follow the Hastert Rule: A majority of the majority would be required on any bill or conference report on immigration. But he was just as adamant in the other direction, too. Doing nothing would leave us vulnerable to a giant attack, he told GOP lawmakers, adding that leaving the system broken would mean not doing everything we can to help the economy,” says Johnathan Strong at National Review.

National Journal said the meeting “underwhelmed” members. “No fireworks erupted in the closed-door session, which Rep. Martha Roby of Alabama described as a ‘happy family discussion.’ Conservatives received the reassurances they had sought heading into the meeting. On the policy side, GOP members reached overwhelming consensus that border security should and will be the House’s top legislative priority. And on the process side, they reached broad agreement that they won’t rush to pass immigration law and they will act incrementally. But as far as settling the specifics of how and when to pass immigration legislation, lawmakers seemed to leave the meeting with as many questions as when they entered.

The Examiner says that the House may vote on border security measures in July. “House Republicans are unlikely to move on immigration reform legislation before they depart Washington at the end of July for a month-long summer recess, members said Wednesday as they emerged from a private meeting on the issue. The House could vote before the August recess on legislation limited to border security, a Republican priority, but there is no specific timeline for legislative action on broader immigration-reform measures.”

Sen. Sessions – How the GOP Can Turn Immigration Debate Around

“The White House and their congressional allies believe that the Senate immigration bill can be used as a political cudgel against House Republicans. They are wrong. If Republicans do the right thing, they will not only turn the immigration debate on its head but will begin the essential drive to regain the trust of working Americans. We already know that the public repudiates the Gang of Eight’s amnesty-first model by a 4–1 margin. Less discussed is the public’s broad opposition to the large increases in low-skill immigration — and its impact on jobs and wages — that lies at the heart of the Senate proposal,” says Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL).

“In their zeal to rush this 1,200-page train wreck through the Senate with as many votes as possible, Democrat leadership whipped every single member of their conference. After over four years of the Obama presidency, wages have continued their painful decline. But the same Democrat senators who attacked President Bush for declining wages have suddenly fallen silent.”

House Member Says Senate Amnesty Bill Unconstitutional for Raising Revenue

“Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, tweeted Wednesday evening that the Senate’s immigration bill is unconstitutional because it raises revenues and originated in the Senate instead of the House. ‘Chairman Camp: Senate immigration bill a revenue bill; unconstitutional and cannot be taken up by the House,’ the official House and Ways Means Committee Twitter account sent out Wednesday evening,” Breitbart News reports.

“As of this writing, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has not sent the immigration bill that passed the Senate 68-32 to the House of Representatives. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) announced that news in a late Wednesday statement, after circulating a ‘dear colleague’ letter arguing the Senate immigration bill was unconstitutional because it raised revenue and did not originate in the House.”

Bush’s Amnesty Speech Has Low Impact

“Former president George W. Bush, who enjoyed healthy support among Latinos during his time in office, has broken a virtual five-year silence in national politics by calling on fellow Republicans to embrace immigration reform at a time when conservatives are rebelling against the idea. The question is: Is anyone listening? Judging from the immigration debate now roiling the House, probably not. Although Bush’s public approval ratings are on the rise, he is a fast-fading memory on Capitol Hill, where more than half of the 234 House Republicans arrived on the scene after he departed,” the Washington Post reports.

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Dan is the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s President after joining the organization in 1982. He has testified more than 50 times before Congress, and been cited in the media as "America's best-known immigration reformer." Dan has appeared on virtually every significant TV and radio news/talk program in America and, in addition to being a contributing editor to ImmigrationReform.com, has contributed commentaries to a vast number of print media outlets.

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  1. avatar
    John Winthrop on

    We have gotten to the time ( 21st century) and a population growth ( 330 M) in addition to our World reality in which the Constitution needs to be amended accordingly to times………………….back in time………………there was a smaller population and not such threats like nowadays………….so as a consequence what used to be known as freedom does have to evolve to still ensure peace, tranquility & safety…………………………….else we will be vulnerable against the people that want to harm us……………..it appears Immigration Reform , is one of those opportunities we have to do this……………………hopefully done for the best of everybody and the country for the best future possible.

  2. avatar
    m.s. beveridge on

    The Senate bill is a huge giveaway for big business. They win and Joe Average loses, bigtime. The battle is not even new; it has been fought for centuries. The bigger the wage pool, the smaller the wage and the easier it is to fire. If people really understood this they would be marching in the streets. We have been betrayed by the labour unions, which fought to protect us in the old days, and the Democratic Party – but both of them sold out long ago. The bill is a disgrace. And very, very scary.

    • avatar
      John Winthrop on

      I disagree,,,,..I do not think average Joe loses at all…………….only lazy average Joe will lose……so from my end, what I see…..the illegals are 3% and many do the jobs Americans will not do….in any case…the average Joe is no longer studying science………………….SO it has been the case fro decades, immigrants w/science degrees get those jobs……………and BY THE WAY…I have a science degree and when I went to school, the majority were not from here

      BUT GUESS WHAT…..all of us American engineers were hired and so did the immigrants………………

      I forgot to mention..I am an anchored baby…………..my13th great grand father came to the US in 1630 in the Arabell ship with, and landed in Salem Jun22 to build this country…………………………………..

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    Do not let Amnesty go thru, We cannot survive with every thing going up and have gone up, Have the gang of Eight put money into our Country and the Pres not to spend money on trips with his family waisting money that could be put back into our oun needs as a Country. Stop giving Country`s money , take care of our own needs!! We are on Social Security that we worked hard for and need it and Medical to survive!! We are not asking for hand outs!!
    We are solid American`s

    Chris and John Roy

  4. avatar

    MANY of us SEE the diverse ways that are used by those who are not working in the best interest of AMERICA,AND- IT’S CITIZENS, .it is good that we have ..EYES WIDE OPEN, for in this, we can move toward-MAKING THINGS RIGHT FOR AMERICA- AND AMERICANS, FOCUS ON US.FOCUS ON JOBS, HERE, AND THESE MUST BE ,FIRST, GIVEN TO AMERICANS.WE- ARE THE TAXPAYERS, AND AFTER ALL, THE FED GOV. TAKES FROM OUR AMERICAN PAYCHECKS- TO MAKE UP WHAT IT GAVE AWAY, OR- DID NOT TAKE FROM BROUGHT IN PEOPLE FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, SUCH AS DOCTORS, ECT.HIGHER PROFESSIONS -PAY MORE TAXES IN AMERICA. WE,ALL OF US, ALSO PAY MORE, IN AMERICA.WHY,THEN, GIVE ANY ILLEGAL A JOB, WHY SHOULD WE ALLOW THE EMPLOYERS TO DO THIS, JUST SO THEY CAN MAKE MORE MONEY- OFF OF AMERICAN TAX PAYERS -FOR WE ARE THE ONES TO PAY FOR WHAT THE EMPLOYERS- SKIP BY ON NOT-PAYING.
    END THIER FAT CAT WAYS!
    MADE IN AMERICA-BY AMERICANS…NEEDS TO BE REALIZED, AND AMERICANS NEED TO CLAIM THIER JOBS- OR SUFFER EXTREMELY- AND, BELIEVE ME, WE ALL, WILL.
    NO TO AMNESTY IS A STEP THAT WE MUST MAKE HAPPEN.
    IT IS THE RIGHT THING TO DO, AND THE LAW FOR THIS, MUST BE ENFORCED.
    AMERICA BELONGS TO AMERICANS, AND THIS INCLUDES THOSE WHO CAME HERE, AS IMMIGRANTS, AND COMPLETED THE NECESSARY AGENDA, TO BECOME, AMERICAN CITIZENS.
    LYING AND CHEATING OUR AMERICA, AND BOASTING TO HAVING DONE THIS, WE SEE-CRIMINALS WANTING THIER CRIMINAL ACTS, TO BE -EMBRACED AND GIVEN A BIG HUG!???
    NO! WAY!
    THIS IS WRONG WHEN WE ALLOW FOR CRIMINALS TO USE ANY WAY, TO CONTINUE ON WITH THIER CRIMINAL WAYS, AND BEING ILLEGALLY IN THE USA- IS A CRIMINAL OFFENSE.
    ALL OF YOU PEOPLE IN OFFICE, AIDING CRIMINALS- NEED TO BE ARRESTED AS YOU ARE- CONTRIBUTING TO THE CRIMINALS.
    POLICE ARREST PEOPLE FOR DOING SUCH CRIMES!<
    THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE.
    ENFORCE THE LAWS OF AMERICA.
    NO AMNESTY.!!!!
    STAND YOUR GROUND MR. B
    AND YOU- TREY- WE SALUTE! STAND STRONG.'EYE OF THE TIGER'!

  5. avatar

    Software Engineer is correct. We need to tell every American we know, including friends and family. All jobs and industries will be affected. If you have a white collar or professional job, you are at risk as well. Doctors, nurses, programmers, engineers, scientists, business people and the list goes on and on. These bills must be stopped. Not only will people lose their jobs but if you are lucky enough to keep your job then your wages may be cut.

  6. avatar
    Concerned Citizen on

    And what happens with this news from the House? The stock market surges near all-time highs. I’m not saying there’s necessarily a direct correlation, but if S.744 were the wonderful thing for the economy that its proponents claim, why is the stock market surging when the House is veering toward a more intelligent approach?

  7. avatar

    The IA Pandering is Just the Tip of the Open Border Iceberg the America Titanic is Heading Straight Towards

    Its not just wasteful Immigration Bills and furloughing Real Americans at the same time that makes absolutely NO SENSE in America…..

    Its not just the CLEAR FACT open border foreign corporate planners obviously hate American engineers [the brightest in the world] competing with foreign ones lacking innovation/invention skills and ahave butcher axed 150K of them [even the DOD furlough includes 100K engineers] recently to “LEVEL THE WORLD’s PLAYING FIELD”….

    Its the MASS INVASION of foreign nurses/doctors into America too. Article:

    “…Approximately 15 percent of all healthcare workers and 25 percent of all physicians in the United States were born and educated elsewhere. This means that 1.5 million healthcare jobs are “insourced,” occupied by foreign-born, foreign-trained workers brought into the United States on special visas earmarked for healthcare jobs. This number is 50 percent greater than the total number of jobs in the U.S. auto-manufacturing industry. It’s amazing to consider that in 2008 and 2009, the auto industry, which makes up just 3.6 percent of the U.S. economy, received a $97 billion bailout. If we estimate that each of these 1.5 million insourced healthcare jobs has an average wage of $60,000, that’s $90 billion a year in wages going to people brought into the United States to work rather than training Americans to do the same jobs….”

    http://www.salon.com/2012/04/28/healthcares_foreign_invasion/

    Theses foreign nurses/doctors apparently grab up the best big city jobs in America too, many at lower rates and hours/benefits too….many with subpar training/credentials…..but the open border anarchists could care less about the newly graduated legal American RNs’ approx 50% unemployment rates….

    • avatar
      John Winthrop on

      How do you think we became a power………….how do you think you got your profession and learn the highest Academics? thanks to the highly educated immigrants and children……………

      Well perhaps you should wake up and become more marketable and improve yourself………..so that you will not be replaced…………………

  8. avatar

    The only thing they have to move fast on is deportation, and billing foreign governments, before all our benefits are drained by anchor babies.

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      You got that right Mike Pino! Everytime I go to the grocery store I see non english speaking hispanics with several kids in their baskets, paying with their wic checks.