Thinking about the obstructionists in the House of Representatives, I am reminded of one of the greatest lines in one of the best movies of all time. Strother Martin, in “Cool Hand Luke”, said “What we have here, is a failure to communicate”. Speaker of the House, John Boehner, doesn’t care about the work being done in the Senate on an immigration bill, he says the House will do it their way.
He told the press that he doesn’t care how ‘bipartisan’ the plan is, he wants Republicans to “own” it. There’s a reason he’s been nicknamed “the Boner”.
“While we applaud the progress made by our Senate colleagues, there are numerous ways in which the House will approach the issue differently,” they said. “The House remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system, but we will not simply take up and accept the bill that is emerging in the Senate if it passes. Rather, through regular order, the House will work its will and produce its own legislation.”
Reading between the lines is easy on this one. “As usual, we will do nothing. We’re just waiting for our next vacation.”
We know that many in the House do not want any type of immigration reform. They believe in deportation. Nothing has changed, Congress remains broken, no better yet, shattered.
One has to doubt the sincerity of one of the “gang of eight” who fashioned the bipartisan Senate bill. Does Marco Rubio truly believe in speedy and fair immigration reform?
In a statement Thursday, Rubio said that this is “the way our nation is supposed to solve problems.”
“Our republic works best when Congress solves problems through open and transparent debates, which is exactly how immigration reform will be addressed this summer,” Rubio said. “Conservatives in both chambers of Congress agree the status quo on immigration is bad for our people, our security and our economy. And we agree we must end today’s de facto amnesty, modernize our legal immigration system, deal with our illegal immigrant population by requiring that strict measures be achieved, and that we put in place tough border security and interior enforcement measures so that we never repeat this problem.” (Who wants to bet that nothing will be done by the end of summer?)
It is beginning to sound more and more like a path to citizenship may become more difficult, or non-existent if Republicans re-write the bill.
Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, said that the committee is continuing to “hammer out” amendments, and hopes to have the measure on the Senate floor for discussion by the first or second week in June.
I view our Congress like the two street gangs in “West Side Story”, the “Sharks”, and the “Jets”. There are many times I wish they’d go outside, take off their jackets, and physically decide the fate of our nation. What they’re doing now certainly isn’t working. But knowing the people who take up space in both houses, it would probably just end up being a ‘slap fight’.
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