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Morning Examiner: Where’s the heat?

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President Obama’s hope that 68 Senate votes for giving illegal immigrants citizenship would pressure the House into action died Wednesday when Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in a joint leadership statement the bill would not get a House vote any time soon.

“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 statement began.

“The president has also demonstrated he is willing to unilaterally delay or ignore significant portions of laws he himself has signed, raising concerns among Americans that this administration cannot be trusted to deliver on its promises to secure the border and enforce laws as part of a single, massive bill like the one passed by the Senate,” it concluded.

The White House Steps up the pressure
Also on Wednesday, the White House released an economic report purporting to show that citizenship for illegal immigrants would be an economic boon for the nation. “In the weeks ahead, the president and other senior members of the administration will publicly urge the House to follow in the Senate’s footsteps, in part by highlighting how immigration reform would strengthen the economy and reduce the deficit.” White House spokesman Josh Earnest told Politico.

What pressure?
But so far, the White House pressure campaign has fallen flat. “I don’t have any pressure on me – not from the president,” Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., told the Washington Examiner’s Susan Crabtree.

“I don’t know which economic report you’re referring to,” Rep. John Fleming, R-La., added. “All I can tell you is this is the worst economic recession since World War II, so the White House has nothing to brag about.”

Come back in the fall … maybe
Whatever happens next in the House on immigration, it probably will not happen this summer. “I don’t think there’s going to be any movement in July,” Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, told the Washington Examiner’s David Drucker, “I think it’s going to be after the recess, because we want to make sure that when we do it, we do everything together,” he continued.

The reality is that, outside of the liberal Washington media and amnesty advocate communities, immigration reform is not a priority for many Americans. Every poll taken on Americans’ policy priorities put immigration reform at the bottom of the list if it is even listed at all. There simply is no pressure from average Americans forcing the House to act. So don’t expect them to do so anytime soon.

From The Washington Examiner
Editorial: Harry Reid, Democrats threaten, again, to nuke filibuster
David Drucker: House GOP may not act on immigration reform until fall
Michael Barone: Obamacare delays cited by House Repub statement on immigration
Susan Crabtree: House GOP not sweating Obama’s immigration pressure campaign
Joel Gehrke: Sen. Mike Lee says Harry Reid’s nuclear option filibuster threat is a bluff
Joseph Lawler: Ben Bernanke sounds dovish notes on monetary policy
Sean Higgins: Eliot Spitzer, prostitutes and me
Rebecca Berg: Club For Growth crowdsources endorsement — with caution
Ashe Schow: House to vote separately on food stamps, farm bill
Charlie Spiering: McClatchy reporter stumps Jay Carney on Obama insider spying story
Phil Klein: On health care, all that matters to Obama is planting the first stake
Tim Carney: Enviros, lefty groups, free-marketeers team up against nuclear corporate welfare
Conn Carroll: In amnesty push, Obama abandons fight against income inequality

In Other News
The New York Times, Rift Among Democrats Stalls Effort to Reverse Rise in College Loan Rates: A bipartisan Senate coalition on Wednesday blocked a Democratic proposal to retroactively cut interest rates on higher education loans in half, leaving any student loan rescue in doubt and laying bare divisions among Democrats about how to resolve the dispute.
The Washington Post, States deploy health-care ad campaigns: States use ads that target young Americans to raise awareness of health-care changes.
McClatchy Newspapers, Charles Koch launching campaign about economic freedom, government overreach: Charles Koch, who runs Koch Industries and contributes to political groups and campaigns, said he will launch a new campaign on Wednesday to laud economic freedom and warn the public about government overreach.
KPBS, Filner Asked To Resign Over Sexual-Harassment Claims: At least three staunch supporters of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are asking him to resign over allegations of sexual harassment.
San Jose Mercury News, Yahoo seeks to reveal its fight against NSA Prism requests: In a rare legal move, Yahoo is asking a secretive U.S. surveillance court to let the public see its arguments in a 2008 case that played an important role in persuading tech companies to cooperate with a controversial government data-gathering effort.
Roll Call, Reid Preps Scaled-Down ‘Nuclear’ Threat: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is prepping his caucus for a vote to eliminate filibusters of executive branch nominees.

Lefty Playbook
Jonathan Chait complains that Republicans hate all legislation.
Sahil Kapur on Boehner’s gambit to delay Obamacare’s individual mandate for a year.
Think Progress fights to keep the farm bill and food stamp bill connected.

Righty Playbook
In The Wall Street Journal, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., writes, “It’s the House Bill or Nothing on Immigration.”
Hans von Spakovsky calls the Department of Justice’s interference in the Zimmerman case, “The Holder Justice Department’s Latest Abuse of Power.”
Eliana Johnson reports that House Oversight Committe chairman Darrell Issa will call DC IRS office to testify.
Patrick Brennan notes that Ben Bernanke believes the current unemployment rate ‘probably understates the weakness of the labor market’
Noel Sheppard reports that an Obama official is married to NBC News senior political editor.

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