Thursday, November 14, 2013

No Intention?

He's back. And once again, he has something to say about the big policy proposal... That has yet to see the light of day in House chambers. Of course, we're talking about comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). And of course, Senator Harry Reid (D) was again urging House Republican "leaders" to make a move on CIR already (or at least be honest about their plans to kill it).

“I'm stunned,” Nevada senator told Fusion in an interview at the Capitol on Wednesday. “How could anybody in good conscience tell one group he's trying to do immigration reform, and a few minutes later, say 'I'm not going to do anything about a conference?'"

[House Speaker John] Boehner [R-??!!] irked immigration-reform advocates earlier in the day by saying House Republicans have “no intention” of merging any of their immigration bills with a broad bipartisan proposal passed by the Senate this summer. The Senate measure would offer undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship.

The Ohio Republican was also in the news for telling two young activists with family members who have faced deportation that he is “trying to find some way to get this thing done.”

“It’s, uh, you know, not easy—not gonna be an easy path forward,” the Speaker said. “But I’ve made it clear since the day after the election that it’s time to get this done.”

Earlier this week, Speaker Boehner was confronted by two young CIR activists. One was worrying about her father facing deportation threats. Speaker Boehner told them he wants to pass something. But yesterday, he told the media he has "no intention" of finishing the job on CIR any time soon.

Instead, Republican "leaders" want to focus on truly important issues, like abortion bans, "gagging" over interracial marriage, year-old federal Sandy aid, and (of course!) more haute faux scandals. Isn't that precious? Instead of doing something to help people, they're just trying to help their own political careers in the most craven way possible.

And herein lies their biggest problem. Far too many Republicans keep missing the big picture. They're so hyped up over "winning the day's media cycle" that they're glossing over their party's serious policy and organizational woes.

Let's also keep in mind that real people are being affected by this ongoing policy FAIL. Real American families are being torn apart. And this is happening because Congress has yet to finish CIR. If Republican "leaders" truly have "no intention" of offering any real policy solutions, they won't be able to get away with it forever.

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