Marco Rubio says GOP will Most Likely Block Immigration Reform Because of “Obamacare”

rubio1As time goes on, Republicans seem to act more like petulant children throwing a temper tantrum because they didn’t get their way, rather than grown adults elected to public office.

A perfect example of this can be seen with Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s recent comments where he implies that immigration reform will be more difficult now because President Obama didn’t allow Republicans to blackmail him over “Obamacare.”

Rubio said:

“The president has undermined this effort, absolutely, because of the way he has behaved over the last three weeks.  This notion that they’re going to get in a room and negotiate a deal with the president on immigration is much more difficult to do because of the way the president has behaved towards his opponents over the last three weeks.”

In other words, because Republicans couldn’t blackmail President Obama into caving on “Obamacare,” they’re most likely going to refuse to pass sensible immigration reform—something the president has been supporting for quite some time.

Never mind that the Senate already passed a sensible immigration reform bill, the House is simply refusing to bring it up for a vote (just like they did with the Senate’s resolution which would have kept the government open) because they know it would pass.

So, is Rubio implying that House Republicans will once again hold legislation hostage to try to force the president into giving in to some of their ridiculous demands?  And do Republicans really think that, after ticking off the majority of Americans with the shutdown, angering minorities and immigrants will help gain back popularity?

These people are just so petty and sad I’d feel sorry for them if they didn’t anger me on so many different levels.

So, I guess that’s another battle we’ll soon face with the lives of millions of people hanging in the balance.  Because that’s the GOP way these days, isn’t it?  Holding lives hostage to try to get their way on some issue.

I would think each piece of legislation should stand on its own.  Why would Republicans negotiate with the president differently on immigration just because of their catastrophic failure with “Obamacare?”  It only goes to show that these people view this as more of a game of “winners” and “losers” rather than a process of governing where they simply do their jobs.

As if immigration reform becomes more or less sensible based upon how President Obama handled “Obamacare.”  To even imply that just goes to show how spiteful Republicans have become.  For them, it isn’t about working with Obama, it’s about how many “victories” they can score against him.

I just hope that next November, the American people remember these antics and finally give President Obama a Congress that will work with him to help our nation move forward — instead of a Congress like we have now that seems more concerned about how many victories they score against him.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Pipercat

    Gee Marco, being from Florida, one would think you’d understand the concept of, “standing your ground.”

    • Stephen Barlow

      Ghee Marco!! BEing UNWHITE should give you a leg up on understanding the IMPERATIVE NEED to complete the immigration reform policy that got you ELECTED by latinos in the first place!!! Being elected didn’t ‘make you White!’ It only got you a raise.

      You will ALWAYS be “just the help” to Cantor and Boehner and McConnell and Grassley.

  • Genie Christie Long

    We are the losers, all of us.

  • Suzie

    I have said this before, and I will keep saying it, ………. we need more women in politics. Women bring something to the table that men just can’t. We need more women to run for political office. Personally, and you can completely disagree with me on this, ……… I think the male ego gets in the way, …… a lot! I think men actually become more reasonable when an intelligent woman gives another viewpoint. It was 5 women that came together to help end the shutdown, 2 Democrat, and 3 Republican Senators. They may have to step up to the plate again regarding immigration. It seems to me that when you ask the women to handle it, it gets done smoothly and quickly. Just sayin’.

  • Darrell West

    Look Rubio need to know that he is a extremism friends is not hurting the President they are hurting the American people they should know that already if they see the President keep on going everyday.

  • Ram Garcia

    Ironic isn’t it!! Cruz and Rubio both Cuban connection…I’m wondering if Fidel and his brother Raul (Castro) brain-washed both of these idiots… With their mission to tear down the American economy to resemble the way Cubans are forced to live…And the Tea Turds love them……

  • Peter Rocca

    You know what? If you want to make the Republican Party completely irrelevant, be my guest. You’ll get no complaint from me.

  • Bill T.

    Marco proves that it’s impossible to teabag without showing your ass.

  • jimcracky

    As a recent move to Florida allows me to vote there, I’ll be posting a ballot to dump this mean-spirited fool as soon as possible. Ugh

  • gemma liar

    VOTE REPUBLICAN!!!!! those regressives will make JEEEESUS the ruler of america,,,abortion punishable by slow death,,,, privatize everything( regulating NOTHING) and we can bring back slavery ( SEE: lower wages from women; no minimum wage)

    • MorganLvr

      Vote Republican? You were kidding, right? Right?

  • Linwood Willman

    I believe its time for term limits some of these guys have been in washington far to long and are completely out of touch with their own people time for fresh ideas to come in every so often so we can continue to move forward and continue to be the focal point of the world,