“President Obama is the reason we don’t have immigration reform.”
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Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Tuesday moved to reassure a restive Republican conference that he does not intend to risk his gavel on immigration.
Boehner told members he would not jam a comprehensive immigration bill through the House ahead of the November midterm elections, saying there is no “secret conspiracy” to do so, according to one lawmaker.
“He was crystal clear,” Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) said after the meeting. “President Obama is the reason we don’t have immigration [reform].”