Immigration reform dead in the House for 2013?

posted at 2:01 pm on October 25, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Have Republicans in the House decided not to self-destruct a second time in a month? At least according to Politico, the answer is yes. Rather than open another painful split on immigration reform, the House will close out the 2013 session without any votes on the issue:

House Republican leadership has no plans to vote on any immigration reform legislation before the end the year.

The House has just 19 days in session before the end of 2013, and there are a number of reasons why immigration reform is stalled this year.

Following the fiscal battles last month, the internal political dynamics are tenuous within the House Republican Conference. A growing chorus of GOP lawmakers and aides are intensely skeptical that any of the party’s preferred piecemeal immigration bills can garner the support 217 Republicans — they would need that if Democrats didn’t lend their votes. Republican leadership doesn’t see anyone coalescing around a single plan, according to sources across GOP leadership. Leadership also says skepticism of President Barack Obama within the House Republican Conference is at a high, and that’s fueled a desire to stay out of a negotiating process with the Senate. Republicans fear getting jammed. …

“After Obama poisoned the well in the fiscal showdown and [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi now is actively trying to use immigration as a political weapon, the chances for substantive reforms, unfortunately, seem all but gone,” said one GOP operative involved in the conservative pro-immigration movement.

Well, that’ll be news to Darrell Issa, but it also makes some sense. First, Republican nerves are still raw from the shutdown fight that split the House and Senate caucuses, and split both caucuses internally as well.  The last thing Republicans need is another civil war immediately on the heels of the last one, which has quieted down but hasn’t entirely evaporated.

Postponing the effort may end up killing it altogether. They can push it into 2014 after tempers have cooled, but that’s getting close to the midterm elections.  Conservatives might be able to convince the rest of the caucus that it will better to wait to see if the GOP can win control of the Senate in order to get a better deal on border security for reforms in 2015, avoiding another show of disunity that President Obama can exploit to save Democratic control in the upper chamber.  If nothing else, that might have the Senate offer more concessions as a way to get the House to move.  If the House does nothing through 2014, then the Senate bill will expire and the effort will have to begin again from scratch.

An even better argument for waiting it out is the ObamaCare debacle.  Obama wants to distract from the destruction that his signature program is wreaking on Americans and their insurance by “pivoting” to immigration. (As an aside — does anyone remember the 37th “pivot” to jobs and the economy?  Good times, good times.) Republicans should spend this time debating an eventual replacement for ObamaCare to address the real financial emergency Obama’s program is creating for Americans, one that robustly addresses the cost spiral of health care with market-based reforms that work rather than government mandates that make the situation exponentially worse. The chances of substantive reforms in this policy area are very good — and the electorate will be very receptive to them by the time they’ve paid through the nose for Obama’s idea of reform all year long.

This is the perfect opportunity to show that the GOP can govern seriously and solve the problems created by an incompetent Democratic administration. Let’s hope Republicans grasp it.


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We can only Hope.

Galt2009 on October 25, 2013 at 2:03 PM

Did Boehner get tired of shooting at his own foot?

Cicero43 on October 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

OT: Joan Walsh may jump this time…

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

That’s an interesting photo…oh, is that Boehner in that photo as well?

NotCoach on October 25, 2013 at 2:06 PM

An even better argument for waiting it out is the ObamaCare debacle. Obama wants to distract from the destruction that his signature program is wreaking on Americans and their insurance by “pivoting” to immigration.

Bad news for the Bull Stream Media – they will have to find another squirrel to distract from the Obamacrash implosion.

Galt2009 on October 25, 2013 at 2:07 PM

Did Boehner get tired of shooting at his own foot?

Cicero43 on October 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

His tears were blinding him so he couldn’t shoot straight.

Galt2009 on October 25, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Who belongs to that nice set of wheels on the right side of the frame?

CurtZHP on October 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Whether amnesty via the GOP is dead or alive, dump them all anyway.

It isn’t because they don’t wont it and wont put in in over our objections the minute the get the opportunity. They’ll wait until after they deceive us again about their conservative credentials before the 2014 election and then watch out and you’ll see fundamental change GOP style.

Don L on October 25, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Nice gams. Who’s the RINO on the left?

kingsjester on October 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

CurtZHP on October 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

Bill Clinton knows…and phone number. LOL

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 2:12 PM

Honestly there is no point in doing anything until we see how 2014 turns out except hold the line. Don’t pass anything. Just start hammering these clowns starting today, and don’t stop until after the election. There’s ZERO reason to believe Obama will enforce any new laws given he doesn’t enforce current laws and has broken them with his rule by fiat. He’s a tyrant. Hold the line, obstruct, don’t give an inch.

jawkneemusic on October 25, 2013 at 2:13 PM

May the zombie be dead dead and not just resting for either 2014 or 2015.

Steve Eggleston on October 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

CurtZHP on October 25, 2013 at 2:09 PM

I think that’s my favorite HA picture. That, and the girl with the big eyes…

affenhauer on October 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Rep. Issa doesn’t schedule floor votes.

The mistrust of Obama is well-placed after his dictatorial selective enforcement of laws already. There is simply no chance he would enforce any restrictions or sanctions he didn’t like. Besides, the idea that immigration reform would gain us Hispanic votes is nonsense. Hispanics are far more pro-government than those of Anglo-North European origin. More poor citizens from Mexico are going to vote for Democrats and Free Stuff, period.

We need immigration reform very much, but it must be sane – and that means it probably can’t happen until all of today’s Democrats are dead, their heads removed and mouths stuffed with garlic, a stake driven through their tiny black hearts, and their corpses burned and ashes scattered at Chernobyl. But then, we should proceed with all deliberate speed!

Adjoran on October 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Hmmm Lost my post? Well I’ll try again.

The GOP wants this immigration reform and will stuff it down our throats in 2014 if we’re foolish enough to empower them again with our votes.

Don L on October 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Paul Ryan hardest hit.

Boner, Cantor, Issa, Rubio and other assorted azzhole traitors second hardest hit.

Karl Rove, Faux, Hume, entities against the US legal citizens and America, and other traitors third hardest hit.

YOU read this and internalize, you bad dogs, if amnesty passes, Pelosi will be the well-deserved Speaker in 2015.

YOU have not experienced anything bad, yet. You will not even remain in the minority, as you don’t even mind.

Yes, you McConnell.

All traitors, directly to Hades, into the slow-roasting layer.

YOU hate the US legal citizens and the future of all US children as much as does obama/Reid/Pelosi and all the thugs from the D section.

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 2:19 PM

OT – Welcome to Goebbels’ America, circa 2013

Schadenfreude on October 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

So 19 days left and then they head home? If so, then perhaps that is why they aren’t ready to tick off their constituents even more than they already have.

magicbeans on October 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

We need Immigration ‘Enforcement’ Reform and nothing else.

Rio Linda Refugee on October 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

It’s an ill wind that blows no good.

The wind has seemed so ill this year that I’m surprised. If this is true, then at least one good thing will come of it.

INC on October 25, 2013 at 2:22 PM

The think I love most about the area Party….they’ve exposed the anti-American worker like the Chamber of Commerce and their crony capitalists.

jawkneemusic on October 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Either Issa should hold hearings on border enforcement and internal enforcement against visa overstayers, or he should go back to getting to the bottom of the IRS scandal.

BuckeyeSam on October 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

…and the Betty on the wall has nice shoes.

Rio Linda Refugee on October 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Just waiting until after 2014….?

d1carter on October 25, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Oh crap, now we’re stuck with not enforcing existing laws instead of not enforcing new ones.

Akzed on October 25, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Is it me or are there a hot pair of legs to the right in that pic?

Eph on October 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

It should be dead, based on a simple observation that the REB will ignore any law or aspect of a law that he doesn’t like, and if there is no relevant law he will do whatever he wants by Executive Order.

One can’t make deals with someone like him with as little respect for the office of the president and the Constitution.

slickwillie2001 on October 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

That, and the girl with the big eyes…

affenhauer on October 25, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Get lost! I saw her first!

CurtZHP on October 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Don’t give in to this Bastard. Y’all have him by the Balls now on this stupid healthcare law. Don’t turn loose. Squeeze the bastard until he taps out.

tmgrant on October 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

The House has just 19 days in session before the end of 2013, and there are a number of reasons why immigration reform is stalled this year.

If it doesn’t happen in 2013, there is no way they are going to take it up in the middle of campaign 2014.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Don’t turn loose. Squeeze the bastard until he taps out.

tmgrant on October 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Make him do it two or three times just to be sure he means it.

Happy Nomad on October 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

You guys get all hot for a set of stems?
Come enjoy a $5.95 ribeye dinner. We got that and more.

Oh, and Boehner needs to go too.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 25, 2013 at 2:32 PM

this is looking more and more like a early Christmas gift..
O-bumblecare……………………….epic fail
The UNODA UN small arms ban vote……..fail
Immigration Reform………………….fail
better relations in Europe…………..fail
better relations with the russians……fail
better relations in the middle east…..fail
arab spring??………………………fail
iran nukes…………………………fail
better race relations at home………..fail
a budget under a Trillion???…………fail
national school scores down………….fail
unemployment numbers………………..fail
holding admin employees accountable…..fail
Transparency……………………….comedic fodder
leadership…………………………huge fail

(i could play this game all day)

going2mars on October 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Dead for 2013? I hope that it’s permanently dead.

cajunpatriot on October 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Remember, the obamanation can not, will not be able to further his marxist/socialist agenda without his R enablers…

Moving from one planned, “fubar” agenda item to another in his quest to demean, demoralize and diminish America both at home and abroad…

Gohawgs on October 25, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Get lost! I saw her first!

CurtZHP on October 25, 2013 at 2:30 PM

Yeah, but she was looking at me

affenhauer on October 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

And yet I do not trust them.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

I always love it when that legs pic makes an appearance.

Now, what was the post about?

MTF on October 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Me too neither. :)

kingsjester on October 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Wow…

A whole two months with thanksgiving and Christmas break coming up…

Not impressed.

Skywise on October 25, 2013 at 2:38 PM

Dead for 2013? I hope that it’s permanently dead.

cajunpatriot on October 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

It’s zombie dead.

CherryBombsBigBrownBeaver on October 25, 2013 at 2:39 PM

This is the perfect opportunity to show that the GOP can govern seriously and solve the problems created by an incompetent Democratic administration. Let’s hope Republicans grasp it.

Your lips to God’s ears .

Lucano on October 25, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Yeah, but she was looking at me…

affenhauer on October 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

WAS NOT!!

CurtZHP on October 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM

The legs always make me laugh.

Bmore on October 25, 2013 at 2:45 PM

The great legs on the right are Resist We Much. You can follow her on Twitter at @SophieRo3. #FF

Obama wants to distract from the destruction that his signature program is wreaking on Americans and their insurance by “pivoting” to immigration.

That’s one way to look at it, but I’d think he’s just trying to wrap up his work. It’s just another one of his unfinished tasks. I bet he doesn’t feel like he needs a “distraction” at all; for him, it’s mission accomplished, right now. He’s accomplished his part — it’s for lesser people and those that follow behind him to iron it all out.

Axe on October 25, 2013 at 2:47 PM

And yet I do not trust them.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Yeah, I was just about to write, I don’t believe them.

(Oh, I guess I did write it, lol.)

Fallon on October 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

If only it was those legs running across the border …

M240H on October 25, 2013 at 2:57 PM

“After Obama poisoned the well in the fiscal showdown and [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi now is actively trying to use immigration as a political weapon, the chances for substantive reforms, unfortunately, seem all but gone,” said one GOP operative involved in the conservative pro-immigration movement.”

What conservative pro-immigration movement? That is an oxymoron! A rea

tomshup on October 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

Look at how that chick’s legs are framed to the face of the dude on Boehner’s left. Perfect eyeline.

What the hell is she sitting on? A ledge?

budfox on October 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Fallon on October 25, 2013 at 2:56 PM

You would think that most people would be offended to be considered liar, with these guys it’s a feature not a bug.

Cindy Munford on October 25, 2013 at 3:02 PM

Ooops. Damn keys keep jumping around! To finish last entry: A real conservative would be very unlikely to promote amnesty of any sort! It’s contrary to limited government and the abuse of our sovereignty. Besides, we know how well Congress and the progressives do when it comes to exercising their constitutional requirements of oversight! In fact, some of our recent Presidents have been negligent, like their pals in Congress!

tomshup on October 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

The shutdown did one thing right, it flushed the RINOs out of the ambiguous shadows for all to see. Amnesty is now the third rail in GOP politics, and all these “moderate” candidates the party corporatists plan to fund in primaries will be forced to address this issue. Business supports importing cheap labor to lower domestic wages, all of their bought and paid for candidates will support amnesty.

Daemonocracy on October 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM

A wise decision, to delay any vote on immigration reform. The Obamacare disaster is already hurting Democrats, and future news about huge increases in health insurance premiums and deductibles will continue to hurt them at least until March, possibly until the November 2014 elections. Obama hasn’t mentioned anything about special Obamacare exemptions for Hispanic citizens, so they will probably be hurt by Obamacare as much as other Americans. It’s time for Republicans to focus on the winning side (delay or repeal) of an urgent issue (Obamacare), and not get distracted with other issues where Democrats may enjoy an advantage with the voters. Immigration reform is probably not needed to take back the Senate in 2014.

Steve Z on October 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

Gosh. Time for a hot war with Iran.

SunSword on October 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

“unfortunately” my butt CRACK. Theres NO AMNESTY needed. Simply enforce current law.

TX-96 on October 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

“unfortunately” my butt CRACK. Theres NO AMNESTY needed. Simply enforce current law.

TX-96 on October 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Why did immigration suddenly become a hot issue this Spring? Who made that decision? What is different this year from any of the previous four years of the REB’s administration?

Democratics could have done anything they wanted re immigration when they had a supermajority in 2009. In 2009 and 2010 they had strong majorities in both sides of Congress.

Why now? What is so wrong with leaving the law the way it is?

slickwillie2001 on October 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Republicans should spend this time debating an eventual replacement for ObamaCare to address the real financial emergency Obama’s program is creating for Americans, one that robustly addresses the cost spiral of health care with market-based reforms that work rather than government mandates that make the situation exponentially worse. The chances of substantive reforms in this policy area are very good — and the electorate will be very receptive to them by the time they’ve paid through the nose for Obama’s idea of reform all year long.

Exactly…not add fuel the the towering inferno by adding at least another 11 million people to Obamacare, most of whom would be eligible for subsidies…directly out of hard pressed tax payer pockets already straining to meet their own new exorbitant Obamacare premiums… and adding a minimum of 11 million new patients to a health care system already seeing doctor and care facility shortages.

And, if the GOP wishes to split the party once and for all, passing AMNESTY legislation is just the way to do it. I will never vote for any GOP politician who helps to pass yet another AMNESTY. If it means not voting at all, so be it. If it means finding a new political home, so be it.

Here’s Jeff Sessions on why this is a defining moment for the House GOP: A Defining Moment For House Republicans

thatsafactjack on October 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Why did immigration suddenly become a hot issue this Spring? Who made that decision? What is different this year from any of the previous four years of the REB’s administration?

Democratics could have done anything they wanted re immigration when they had a supermajority in 2009. In 2009 and 2010 they had strong majorities in both sides of Congress.

Why now? What is so wrong with leaving the law the way it is?

slickwillie2001 on October 25, 2013 at 3:36 PM

Top headline right now at http://www.nytimes.com:

Immigration Push by G.O.P. Faction Risks New Schism

Democrats are DESPERATE to split the GOP going into next year’s elections because it is their only chance to possibly win back the House or keep the Senate. They think immigartion is now the issue they can flog to split the GOP, especially to continue to inflame the GOP base and cause primaries and get people staying home next November. That is ALL this is about.

They didn’t move on immigration in 2009-10 because Obama’s advisors and Pelosi/Reid told him he could only get one big thing done in that Congress, and he chose health care. They expected to do immigration in 2011-12, and then climate change after Obama was reelected in 2012, but everything changed when they lost the House in 2010.

rockmom on October 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

Dead for 2013? I hope that it’s permanently dead.

cajunpatriot on October 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

After a GOP victory in 2014 due to the mistakes of the Administration, I doubt Amnesty would have a chance in 2015 or 2016. The earliest that they can ram Amnesty down our throats is 2017. We can hope for some common sense before then.

thuja on October 25, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Good times, good times

GAH!

HB3 on October 25, 2013 at 4:00 PM

It. Had. Better. Be!!!!’n

neyney on October 25, 2013 at 4:50 PM

If it doesn’t happen before….and I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t…it will happen as soon after the 2014 elections as possible, with the hope that people forget about it 2 years later for the 2016 election.

xblade on October 25, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Immigration reform dead in the House for 2013?

It had better be dead. Or a lot of Republicans will be dead at the polls next year.

GarandFan on October 25, 2013 at 6:44 PM

They always say this then the next day or next week a bill is put through. Crime syndicate representative speaks. It’s like the very worst kind of marriage where you are truly stuck and every single word must be measured and weighed and weighted with already being a lie.

bour3 on October 25, 2013 at 7:20 PM

With only 6 weeks of actual legislation time they have decided to “postpone” ramming this through on Christmas Eve of 2013.

WOO HOO! We’ve won again!

celt on October 25, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Is it me or are there a hot pair of legs to the right in that pic?

Eph on October 25, 2013 at 2:27 PM

Yes, hotair loves hauling out this photo, I suspect for this very reason.

Chuckles3 on October 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

It’s that word ‘Comprehensive’ that’s makes it so scary.

TimBuk3 on October 26, 2013 at 12:53 AM

I always love it when that legs pic makes an appearance.

Now, what was the post about?

MTF on October 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

Right. The headline was “No Shutdown for Capitol Hill Sex-Workers”

virgo on October 26, 2013 at 1:58 AM