Top House Republican calls Senate immigration bill a 'pipe dream'
A U.S. Border Patrol agent stands near a crossing into Mexico at the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego.
June 27th, 2013
01:08 PM ET
10 months ago

Top House Republican calls Senate immigration bill a 'pipe dream'

Washington (CNN) - While the Senate is poised to pass sweeping immigration reform Thursday afternoon, top Republicans in the House are calling the Senate bill a nonstarter.

House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday reiterated his position that the House would not vote on the Senate immigration bill.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Have it your way Bone...Boehner. It's YOUR party's funeral we'll be attending next year. Adios!!

    June 27, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  2. GonzoinHouston

    The bill is a nonstarter because Boehner is holding to the policy that nothing comes to the floor for a vote unless it has the support of the majority of the republicans. If it came to a floor vote, it would pass with a few republican votes and almost all the democrat votes. The only person preventing this bill from passing is the Speaker.

    June 27, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Guess

    Of course not, they will never allow anyone citizenship that wont vote their way, they are working nonstop to implement voter suppresion laws, in every single gop state, and the only party guilty of voter fraud is them, and so they will simply make it legal, thus fufilling the requirement of added scrutiny , the law they just dismantled, nice

    June 27, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  4. Guest

    This senate bill is such a pile of crap it should be called the reprehensible illegal immigration amnesty bill.

    June 27, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  5. emskadittle

    Boehner just handed the next election to the democrats, thanks John

    June 27, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. Dean

    Secure the border(s). Deport all illegals. Start from scratch. I don't care if you've been here 20 years...you're illegal. I don't care if you're a pillar of the community...you're illegal. I don't care if you have kids...you're illegal and you can take them with you. I don't care what country you come from...you're illegal.

    June 27, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  7. Al-NY,NY

    well then Tan Man...you can kiss whatever hope you had of "outreach" goodbye. People will remember and although the sheep will laud your position, people with working brain matter will do the opposite and you and your crew will be packin' it in

    June 27, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  8. Tom

    Just another day at the office for House Republicans - block anything that even hints of progress. Since they won't be taking up an immigration bill, maybe they can use the extra time to vote to repeal Obamacare again. The 38th vote to repeal Obmamacare will be the winner - I can just feel it.

    June 27, 2013 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  9. GOP = Greed Over People

    Is Boehner hitting the bottle during work hours again?

    Last time, he abdicated his duties and insisted the Senate do his heavy lifting, now they have done the work and he refuses to bring it to the House floor?

    You neocons do realize that this will place the death of immigration reform, properly at the doorstep of the House GOP?

    Just wanted to make sure you had factored this into your "Hispanic outreach program".

    By the way, doing nothing means "defacto amnesty", seems to me, at least, getting folks to pay taxes would be a step in the right direction, but then I am just a mindless "Obamabot".

    June 27, 2013 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    History will be most unkind to Spkr. Boehner. SMH

    June 27, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. just sayin

    we don't have a broken immigration system. we have lawless leftist governments at various levels that refuse to enforce the laws of this country. the leftists started years ago with their sanctuary cities. the leftist feds let them get away with it. lefitsts give illegals valid licenses then government benefits. then refuse to deport illegals they do catch. they refuse to defend our country from these illegal invasion.

    how will any of this change with new laws? it won't. lawless leftists will continue to disregard laws they don't like and everybody her eillegally will get amnesty. the country's southern border will be stormed by millions more unbtil this country exists no more. that is the leftists end goal.

    June 27, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  12. Jonquil

    Let our representatives vote on it, Boehner, regardless of who might politically benefit from it going one way or another. Not putting this to a vote is insulting to our Democratic Republic.

    June 27, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "Is Boehner hitting the bottle during work hours again?"

    Boehner's Tears:

    2 parts good bourbon
    1 part conservative tears
    shake with ice
    mint leaf garnish

    June 27, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Translation: "I'm sorry, but we've decided to hijack democracy on this one."

    June 27, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  15. anonymous

    As this bill involves spending tax payers money, it must originate in the House, the PEOPLE'S HOUSE. All I can say is THANK GOD that the House was stripped from Democrat control in 2010. Otherwise we'd have 20 million instant US citizens with full amnesty and a totally unsecured border going forward. Please remember this in 2014 America.

    June 27, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  16. Len

    Folks......Vote them out of office in 2014......

    June 27, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    GOP = Greed Over People wrote:

    .....By the way, doing nothing means "defacto amnesty", seems to me, at least, getting folks to pay taxes would be a step in the right direction, but then I am just a mindless "Obamabot".
    --------------------
    Shhh. Republican voters are not supposed to notice that part. Businesses will still be able to hire undocumented workers without punishment, but Republican voters are not supposed to notice that part, either.

    Best of all, everything is proceeding according to plan, because they think that can blame the lack of mass deportations, no income taxes being paid, and everything else on the Democrats.

    June 27, 2013 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  18. RandyIA

    I think it was last week when the House passed the late term abortion bill, which the left said there was now way of passing in the Senate. The people on the left said the House was wasting their time. Since the senate is now working on a bill that has no change of passing in the House, why is the sentiment on the left not the same?

    June 27, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. sonny chapman

    Boehner: This is OUR Country. We'll tell you who can & can't dream.

    June 27, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "the country's southern border will be stormed by millions more unbtil this country exists no more."

    What's pretty fun for us liberals is to watch you guys stumble and make comments like that one, which pretty much reveals your deeply seeded belief that "this country" doesn't exist if it turns brown or has too many people of Mexican or Hispanic heritage in it. You fervently and dogmatically believe that "this was supposed to be a white people country"
    and that all the brown you see around you is indicative of an attempt to "take it away" or destroy it. Please proceed though...you do more self-damage to your party with ever utterance.

    June 27, 2013 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  21. Concerned Educator, Mississippi

    This is the most unproductive speaker the U.S. House of Representatives have had. I for one cannot wait until 2014 to votes these bleep bleep bleep out. Get involved people and make sure you vote in 2014. #teamhillary2016

    June 27, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  22. The Real Tom Paine

    -RandyIA

    I think it was last week when the House passed the late term abortion bill, which the left said there was now way of passing in the Senate. The people on the left said the House was wasting their time. Since the senate is now working on a bill that has no change of passing in the House, why is the sentiment on the left not the same?
    ***************
    Because the survival of our party is not at stake, yours is.

    June 27, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  23. anonymous

    Sniffit
    -
    "the country's southern border will be stormed by millions more unbtil this country exists no more."
    --
    What's pretty fun for us liberals is to watch you guys stumble and make comments like that one, which pretty much reveals your deeply seeded belief that "this country" doesn't exist if it turns brown or has too many people of Mexican or Hispanic heritage in it. You fervently and dogmatically believe that "this was supposed to be a white people country"
    and that all the brown you see around you is indicative of an attempt to "take it away" or destroy it. Please proceed though...you do more self-damage to your party with ever utterance.
    -–

    What other country on this planet allows tens of millions of illegals to flood across its unsecured borders? None. Zero. Nada.

    Yes, the USA has it's own culture, it own heritage. It is not one of hispanic origin. Will Mexico allow 30 million Americans to flood into their country to buy up all their property and claim the country for the USA? Of course not. Why do we allow it to happen to us?

    June 27, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine

    -just sayin

    we don't have a broken immigration system. we have lawless leftist governments at various levels that refuse to enforce the laws of this country. the leftists started years ago with their sanctuary cities. the leftist feds let them get away with it. lefitsts give illegals valid licenses then government benefits. then refuse to deport illegals they do catch. they refuse to defend our country from these illegal invasion.

    how will any of this change with new laws? it won't. lawless leftists will continue to disregard laws they don't like and everybody her eillegally will get amnesty. the country's southern border will be stormed by millions more unbtil this country exists no more. that is the leftists end goal.
    ***************
    On the other hand, we have states and counties that usurp rights they have no business being anywhere near, but that's patriotism to you, I'm sure.

    June 27, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  25. Data Driven

    Boehner & Co. are giving everyone fair warning. And whatever monstrosity they pass won't survive the Senate, let alone the President's pen.

    So what are we even talking about?

    June 27, 2013 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
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