This report at Politico illustrates Speaker John Boehner's conundrum on immigration reform. Cong. Dana Rohrbacher says that if Boehner brings an immigration bill to the floor that does not have the support of a majority of House Republicans, he will lose his speakership. To be clear, there is no bill that could garner the support of a majority of Republicans in the House that would have any chance of passing the Senate. Frankly, the kind of bill that could garner a majority of House Republicans probably could not get a majority of House Democrats and might not even pass the House. It is not critical that Boehner get a majority of Republicans to support the bill. It is critical that he get a majority of Republicans to support the idea of bringing a bill that can pass to the floor, knowing that most Republicans will vote against it but that the party must get this issue behind them or make it impossible for a Republican to win the White House for at least a generation, maybe longer.
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In This Issue
- Talk of Latinos' potential political clout dominates La Raza gathering
- Editorial: Pope Francis' exhortation to walk on the margins makes us squirm
- Philippine church takes lead on Francis' environmental encyclical
- Special Section Preview: Social Justice
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by Joshua J. McElwee NCR Today