“Through regular order, the House will work its will and produce its own legislation,” said a statement issued by Republican leaders, including Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte of Virginia.
The implication was clear. While the Senate “gang” produced a bill, the House will have one of its own. And no matter what the House group is doing, or failing to get done, behind closed doors, the House’s immigration bill will move through Goodlatte’s committee if it is to carry a stamp of approval from Republican leaders.
The statement came shortly after Boehner accused members of both parties of working against a potential deal. …
The leaders’ statement followed another round of fatal-sounding warnings that one Republican or another was walking away from the table. This time it was Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, who threatened to draft a GOP bill if the group does not overcome lingering issues.