Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part II) - Boehner Bails

Congress: How Immigration Reform Died (Part II) - Boehner Bails

"[A]s the weeks dragged on, it became clear to members of the group that the proposal would sink if it were introduced without a firm commitment from Boehner to push it forward.  Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus met with Boehner in June, and many lawmakers emerged cautiously optimistic.  Boehner had reminded them he broke with the Republican Conference in 2005 by opposing immigration legislation favored by hardliners.  But the Speaker made no promises, and members took note that he urged them not to say nice things about him to reporters.  By the summer, Diaz-Balart said, he knew the group’s bill would not win support from a majority of Republicans without more changes." - Russell Berman, Nov. 13, 2013.

"If there were any doubts that comprehensive immigration reform efforts were dead on Capitol Hill this year, House Speaker John Boehner eliminated them on Wednesday." - CNN, Nov. 13, 2013.