House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, poured cold water on the Senate immigration bill, saying that the legislation will not receive a vote in the House of Representatives.
“The House is not going to take up and vote on whatever the Senate passes,” Boehner said during his weekly briefing this morning. “We’re going to do our own bill, through regular order, and it’ll be legislation that reflects the will of our majority and the will of the American people. For any legislation – including a conference report – to pass the House, it’s going to have to be a bill that has the support of a majority of our members.”
The statement comes after House conservatives warned Boehner he would lose his hold on the Speaker’s gavel if he took up the Senate bill. “House Republican conservatives warned Wednesday they would move to oust Speaker John Boehner if he puts an immigration reform bill up for a vote that doesn’t have the support of a majority of GOP members,” the Washington Examiner‘s Susan Ferrechio reported yesterday.
“[I]immigration reform has to be grounded in real border security,” Boehner said today. “That’s what the American people believe, and it’s a principle that our majority believes in as well.”