Immigration Reform News 2014: House Speaker John Boehner Addresses Immigration Comments to GOP Lawmakers
Last week, House Speaker John Boehner delivered a speech in Cincinnati blasting his fellow GOP lawmakers by mocking and imitating them regarding their inaction toward immigration reform, but this week he sang a different tune.
Following a private meeting at Republican Party headquarters Tuesday, Boehner told reporters that he was just roasting his friends during his speech.
"You only tease the ones you love," Boehner said.
Tuesday's remarks came amid criticism from a few Republicans that were offended by his exaggerated whining performance he gave last week, Republican Rep. John Fleming of Louisiana said.
Behind the closed-door discussion, Boehner reportedly told House Republicans that he would like to consider immigration reform this year, according to the Los Angeles Times.
"We're going to continue to work with our members and to have discussion and to see if there's a way forward," he said.
On Monday, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer gave a speech at an immigration rally in New York where he promised that an immigration reform bill would pass this year, Fox News reported.
"I want to let you in on a little secret," Schumer admitted. "We are going to pass that bill and sign it into law this year."
House Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers also said last week that the House is working on getting a bill on the floor by August.
But both Boehner and Fleming told reporters there's no "conspiracy" or secret bill that the House is working on.
"There's no secret conspiracy to have comprehensive immigration reform pass," Fleming said.
The Senate passed an immigration bill last year but the Republican-led House has been sitting on it as many members face tough re-elections this November.
Republican lawmakers have claimed they don't trust President Barack Obama to enforce immigration laws as their rational for not passing the bill, the Times reported.
However, pressure placed on the White House to take executive action has mounted from immigration reform advocates during the last year as several protests and demonstrations continue to increase nationwide.
Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a leading GOP immigration reform advocate, said he and other supporters of a reform bill are currently getting the House in order.
"We're trying to line up the votes," Diaz-Balart said. "Every day we're getting more and more."
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