Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday ruled out House negotiations with the Senate on its immigration bill, cutting off one of the last remaining avenues that reform advocates had seen for enacting comprehensive legislation in this Congress.
“We’ve made it clear we’re going to move on a common-sense, step-by-step approach in terms of how we deal with immigration,” Boehner said after a closed-door House Republican Conference meeting.
“The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House. And frankly, I’ll make clear we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”
The comments appeared to put one more nail in the coffin of an issue that both Boehner and President Obama had listed as a top priority after the 2012 election.
For months, the Speaker has vowed that the House would neither take up the Senate Gang of Eight bill nor consider a similar “comprehensive” piece of immigration legislation.