House Republicans Won't Take Up Senate Immigration Package
After the Senate's passage of a landmark immigration reform bill, House Republican leaders have decided that they wouldn't consider the bill.
In a close to three hour meeting on Wednesday, House Republicans decided to instead take up individual bills on immigration, as opposed to the Senate's package deal. This will slow the immigration reform overhaul, and individual bills may not reach the House floor for a vote until September.
House Republican leaders confirmed in a statement that the House wouldn't take up the Senate's "flawed legislation."
"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..." the statement said.
The G.O.P. called the Senate's bill an "Obamacare-like bill," because of its massive overhaul. Instead, the House will take a "step-by-step, common-sense approach to actually fix the problem."
The Senate bill passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 68 to 32. The House GOP announcement also comes in the wake of former President George W. Bush expressing his support for immigration reform. You know you're on the extreme right when W and John McCain are to your left.