Republican strategy memo for coming weeks focuses on Obamacare, not immigration

A memo outlining the legislative agenda for Republicans in the House of Representatives lists replacement of President Barack Obama’s healthcare law as a priority for the coming weeks but does not mention plans to tackle immigration reform.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent the memo to fellow Republicans as they returned from a two-week recess, employing a regular tool to help keep the party unified on its political message in the run-up to congressional elections in November. …

Cantor said House Republicans would work to “reform our healthcare system by replacing Obamacare with policies that improve patient choice, access to doctors and hospitals and lower costs.”

The memo also said the Republican-controlled House would pass permanent extensions of six temporary business tax breaks, including a credit for research and development activities. The House Ways and Means Committee on Tuesday approved the provisions, which would not be offset by other budget savings, adding $378 billion to U.S. deficits over the next decade.