Friday, August 9, 2013

Allow a Floor Vote.

Even with Congress in recess, there's still plenty of chatter on the latest and greatest manufactured crisis. Apparently, some Congressional G-O-TEA acolytes hate Obamacare so much that they're willing to shut down the federal government and wreck the global economy in order to take health care away from millions of Americans. And now, we're seeing yet another battle in the ongoing Republican Party civil war.

But what if this latest battle leads to an unintended consequence? What if Ed Kilgore is right and the (old yet) new (again) haute faux health care "scandal" on the radical right opens just enough space for just enough House Republicans to cross over and pass comprehensive immigration reform (CIR)?

And that's not all. A few more House Republicans are changing their tune on CIR. And we're even hearing renewed discussion on using a procedure meant to sidestep "leadership" attempts to block legislation that can otherwise pass the House.

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Earlier this year, Reps. Mark Amodei (R-?) and Joe Heck (R-??!!) signaled willingness to support CIR. Yet since then, they've voted in lockstep with the rest of the G-O-TEA to derail reform (and deport DREAMers!). But even now, they still want to look like they "support reform".

So will they sign a discharge petition to bring CIR legislation to the House floor? Will they encourage more of their Republican colleagues to step forward and demand a vote next week? Right now, House Republicans (and their "TEA" fueled base) are the only ones preventing immigration reform from happening.

However, that can change. They can allow for the reunification of families, as well as more economic growth and even more budget deficit reduction. All they have to do is allow a floor vote. Will they?

Right now, we're hearing a whole lot of chatter over a whole lot of unproductive activity. We don't need any more manufactured crises on Capitol Hill. We do, however, need comprehensive immigration reform. And all House Republicans have to do to change this dynamics is allow a floor vote.

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