I think it’s safe to say that House Speaker John Boehner is as disliked by many far right conservatives as he is by most liberals. I honestly believe he’ll go down as probably the worst Speaker of the House of Representatives in United States history. Not only has he presided over one of the least productive congresses in our history, he’s often failed to even maintain control of his own party.
And even if someone disagrees with everything I just said, there’s at least one thing which is 100 percent indisputable – he’s the reason why we haven’t passed immigration reform.
That’s not a partisan statement, that’s just fact.
Over a year ago the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill which John Boehner refused to even let come up for a vote in the House. The general feeling was that if he allowed the bill to come up for a vote, it would pass, President Obama would sign it and it would become law.
Seems pretty much like how our government is supposed to work, right? Apparently not if you’re a House Republican.
Well, a reporter confronted Boehner on his blatant obstruction of a comprehensive immigration reform bill and Boehner did what he does best – lie. Boehner insisted that he “doesn’t trust” President Obama to properly enact immigration reform because of some of the issues “Obamacare” has experienced, which prompted the reporter to ask a few follow-up questions.
“Since when does Obamacare have anything to do with immigration reform?” Jorge Ramos asked.
Boehner sarcastically responded, “Me? Blocking? The issue of immigration reform is an issue I’ve talked about for 18 months.”
“The Senate passed it a year ago, and you haven’t moved on that,” Ramos continued.
“I just gave you an answer,” Boehner said. “There’s nobody more interested in fixing this problem than I am.”
“You can do it, and you really haven’t done it,” Ramos persisted.
Boehner then essentially cut off the back and forth by saying, “I appreciate your opinion, thank you.”
This is not a matter of opinion. Last year the Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill that Boehner refuses to let the House vote on. That’s not an “opinion” – that’s an indisputable fact.
And if he wants to play the pathetic “I don’t trust Obama to enact it properly” card, Democrats have countered that by saying if he would let the House vote on the bill they’ll set it up where it won’t be implemented until after President Obama’s second term is over.
So that eliminates the lame excuse of not voting on this bill because they don’t trust President Obama.
The bottom line is, Boehner won’t let the House vote on this bill because it will pass and that will tick off the ultra conservatives within his own party. If he does that, he might not be House Speaker much longer.
Boehner pathetically tried to blame “Obamacare” for his blatant obstruction of our government passing comprehensive immigration reform, even though the two aren’t remotely related.
When it comes down to immigration reform, and Boehner’s obstruction, it’s all about him appeasing the ultra conservatives in the House who hold just enough power to vote him out as speaker.
It’s not about passing a law which impacts the lives of millions of human beings, it’s about saving his own ass.
Watch the exchange below:
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