House GOP Leadership Refuses to Take Up ‘Flawed’ Senate Bill
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After House Republicans met in conference on Wednesday for several hours discussing their pathway forward on immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Whip Kevin McCarthy, Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul and Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte stated they will not take up the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” bill in their chamber of Congress.
“Today House Republicans affirmed that rather than take up the flawed legislation rushed through the Senate, House committees will continue their work on a step-by-step, common-sense approach to fixing what has long been a broken system,” the House GOP leadership officials said in a joint statement.
“The American people want our border secured, our laws enforced, and the problems in our immigration system fixed to strengthen our economy. But they don’t trust a Democratic-controlled Washington, and they’re alarmed by the president’s ongoing insistence on enacting a single, massive, Obamacare-like bill rather than pursuing a step-by-step, common-sense approach to actually fix the problem.”