McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014
February 4th, 2014
05:04 PM ET
9 months ago

McConnell predicts no immigration reform in 2014

(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he can't see an agreement on immigration reform happening this year, citing an "irresolvable conflict" between the U.S. Senate and House.

McConnell indicated the Democratic-controlled Senate's insistence on comprehensive legislation is at impossible odds with the House Republican majority's preferred piecemeal approach to immigration reform.

"I think we have an irresolvable conflict here. The Senate insists on comprehensive. The House says it won't go to conference with the Senate on comprehensive and wants to look at step-by-step," he told reporters after a meeting with the Senate Republican conference.

"I don't see how you get to an outcome this year with the two bodies in such a place."

House Republicans laid out last week a blueprint of immigration "standards," saying there "will be no special path to citizenship" for the country's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. The GOP principles call instead for a path to legalization, and only after those already in the country illegally get in the back of the line and the federal government continues to bolster border security.

The Kentucky Republican did not take a position on the GOP outline.

The Senate passed a comprehensive bill that included a path to citizenship last year, but the House has not taken up the measure.

The White House has said it's open to the House approach but the President warned in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper against reform that creates "two classes of people" in the country.


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soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. skipper_1

    GOP can speak from their mouths and anus, not shocking. Leopards will never change it's colors.
    The best way for Obama to pass immigration is to say, I'm against it, then GOP will be for it. GOP have drawn the battle line for years to come, it going to hit them hard.

    February 4, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Thomas

    "irresolvable conflict"

    See , the GOP can only relate to life as if in regards to a war or conflict .

    February 4, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  3. Donna

    The American people have seen what the incompetent destructive Demorcats mean whenever they talk about comprehensive reform of anything. After Obamacare, we will never trust you clowns again. We will not get screwed over again with any more of your leftist insanity.

    February 4, 2014 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  4. Winning

    If the Republicans are involved, nothing will get done. Doesn't matter what the issue is. We get it. Vote them out in 2014.

    February 4, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    Once again, the house republicans go against what the majority of American want. How do 20% of Americans even support these morons?

    February 4, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. don in albuquerque

    Is this a big surprise to anybody?

    February 4, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  7. JC55

    Let's at least get the quote correct. He said we intend to do nothing the entire year. Why screw with our example of non-effectiveness. May I have my paycheck please now.

    February 4, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. Winning

    Here is what they'll do. They don't want to fix illegal immigration because their business special interests want to keep things as the status quo, and they can also count on racists who will be against anything that will benefit brown people; that group just wants howitzers and napalm used at the border.

    So they'll play this game about how the house and senate can't agree, and then blast the president as being a poor leader, when the reality is that nothing will happen because THE REPUBLICANS won't get their act together to work towards a solution.

    So, they'll get to blame the president in attempt to deflect Hispanic anger, and at the same time score points with their interest group and racist contingents.

    Why would anyone vote for these cynical jerks?

    February 4, 2014 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  9. willhaas

    The President said that he would bring the nation together. He said that he would solve problems between the parties by reaching across the isle. The President said that he would solve the immigration problem during his first term. So the article must be wrong since the President said that he would already have solved it. If the President said it then it is a done deal.

    February 4, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  10. Wake up People!

    Of course there won't be. Mitch knows his rear end is on the line and he definitely doesn't want to lose that cushy job where you have more days off than on, where you and your ilk get to decide what happens to us little peons. I don't blame him. Great pay, great benefits, and a great health plan while looking down on us moochers that actually work for a living.

    February 4, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    Weird...so chop up your post?

    February 4, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    GOP/Teatroll math:

    Continuing to alienate the immigrant, minority and Hispanic communities (is less than) Risk of disheartening the base prior to November 2014 (is greater than) doing the right thing.

    Any questions?

    February 4, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Someone's very scared of Bevin and Grimes.

    February 4, 2014 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  14. Gop USa

    Nothing worse than being a sellout to the American Worker and Taxpayer to a bunch of illegal Mexicans who steal from us everyday and thinks they should be rewarded for it while they are shaking their Mexican flag in our faces while they are demanding citizen rights.......

    February 4, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  15. rs

    So, the GOP has advanced back to the party of No!. That's progress inaction.

    On a serious note- the Senate already passed Immigration Reform. It was the GOP lead House that was going to be useless next. Gentlemen! You must be useless in ORDER!

    February 4, 2014 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Donna
    The American people have seen what the incompetent destructive Demorcats mean

    What is a Demorcat? A liberal feline?

    February 4, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  17. Gurgyl

    Please don't vote for this animal. Stinks so bad.

    February 4, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  18. rs

    willhaas

    The President said that he would bring the nation together. He said that he would solve problems between the parties by reaching across the isle. The President said that he would solve the immigration problem during his first term. So the article must be wrong since the President said that he would already have solved it. If the President said it then it is a done deal.
    _______________________________
    Yes, but no one figured the Right was this stupid.....so, reality, as they say is different. Who really expected one party would walk off the field with the ball- for 5 years.

    February 4, 2014 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  19. Rick McDaniel

    Nor should any be considered at all, until 2017.

    February 4, 2014 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  20. Silence DoGood

    "McConnell indicated the Democratic-controlled Senate's insistence on comprehensive legislation is at impossible odds with the House Republican majority's preferred piecemeal approach to immigration reform."
    Dems "comprehensive legislation" – get doing something for the country
    GOP "piecemeal approach" – I bet we can make the process even slower than it is now!

    February 4, 2014 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  21. The REAL TRUTH...

    @Donna – The American people have seen what the incompetent destructive Demorcats mean whenever they talk about comprehensive reform of anything.
    --------------------------------
    Donna, Sweetheart, you are ranting again. Those Demorcats brought you the 40 hr work week, SS and Medicare and health insurance.. so pls.. they are perfectly capable of comprehensive reform.. or are you in the hate Obamacare but think the Affordable Care Act is a good thing group?

    February 4, 2014 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  22. sammy750

    Senile McConnell cannot predict sunshine. He has been a total FRAUD on the people of KY

    February 4, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  23. Jonathon Powelly

    The House Republicans are in the process of creating their own national party's demise.

    February 4, 2014 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  24. Anonymous

    We all know this 'base' of the tea party will never ever vote for any type of immigration solution; unless its a complete moat filled with piranha and swirling MRSA....

    February 4, 2014 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  25. Harold Read

    But we need to reward criminal immigrants for blatantly sneaking into the country ILLEGALLY!

    February 4, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
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