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House Republicans Can’t Pass Their Own Immigration Bills

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We can't pat ourselves on the back for predicting this because House Republican can hardly pass anything at all, but it looks their two immigration bills are both going to fail.

House Republicans are (were?) going to hold a vote on a hardline immigration bill and a more "moderate" immigration bill, but House leaders say they don't have the votes for either of them.

From Politico:

After laboring to strike a deal between moderate Republicans from swing districts and immigration hawks wary of being accused of supporting “amnesty,” GOP leaders say they still don’t have the votes. [...]

Some Republicans are predicting that a rival bill authored by immigration hard-liners could garner as many votes as the compromise package, a result that would embarrass leaders who've dismissed the proposal.

The expected failure of both measures is also a setback for Trump, who pitched himself to voters as the world’s greatest dealmaker.

Speaker Paul Ryan held an impromptu press briefing this morning where he attacked Democrats for refusing to support either of the GOP's terrible bills in what was clearly an attempt to save face.

For his part, Trump attacked Senate Democrats and called on Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to eliminate the filibuster, but where things stand right now it wouldn't matter. Senate Democrats can't filibuster a bill that never makes it out of the House in the first place.

I'm not convinced Senate Republicans could pass an immigration bill even with a simple majority and no filibuster.

Update... House Republicans have delayed the vote on their "moderate" bill until tomorrow. Don't be surprised if it's called off entirely.

  • Georgie

    Oh and trump announced the Democrats are part of “massive child smuggling industry”. As a friend said
    “I thought had reached outrage exhaustion, but this one is god damn shocking. We have sunk to the lowest levels I’ve ever seen.”

    • Scopedog

      “massive child smuggling industry” –is Trump trying to bring back Pizzagate?

      • Georgie

        It’s more of the conspiracy shit QAnon. If you never heard about it, here’s from an article: ” It began with an anonymous poster who started posting suspicious
        questions regarding Hillary Clinton and her alleged connections to
        Russia, and that anonymous poster was given the nickname Q, referring to
        very high top secret clearance within the government.”


  • muselet

    The Rs couldn’t organize a two-car funeral if you spotted them the hearse (h/t Charlie Pierce), but both Paul Ryan and Donald Trump say that’s the Ds’ fault. The same Ds who are in the minority in both houses of Congress.

    I smell flop-sweat.

    Ryan is afraid the House Freedumb Caucus will put his head on a pike, even though he isn’t running for reelection. If Ryan weren’t a man of overweening ambition, he’d ruthlessly wield the power of the Speaker’s office for the next six months and dare Mark Meadows and company to do something about it.

    However, crossing the fringiest part of the Right fringe of the GOP would limit his employment opportunities, come January. He wants the next chapter of The Paul Ryan Story to be called “Public Intellectual,” and Righty think tanks aren’t likely to hire someone who pushes back against the noisiest bit of The Base.

    (If you hadn’t guessed already, I think he wants the chapter after “Public Intellectual” to be titled “President of the United States.” Or possibly “Savior of the Nation,” depending on how inflated his ego is at the time.)

    Paul Ryan is very bad at his job and should be forgotten as quickly as possible once he leaves office.


    • David Greenberg

      Ryan has always had marginal if not zero intellect and an astonishingly shameful lack of honesty. What silly fools will hire this terrible grifter next? I would say there aren’t enough dumb Americans to elect him POTUS, but I have already been proven wrong about that.

      • muselet

        What silly fools will hire this terrible grifter next?

        The Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Manhattan Institute for Public Research or The Heartland Institute, for starters.

        Also, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN or MSNBC, depending on how desperate they are for balance in their reporting on politics and public policy.

        Paul Ryan will never have to work a day in his life.


    • “However, crossing the fringiest Ferengiest part of the Right fringe of the GOP….”

      FTFY 😉

  • Aynwrong

    The inner workings of the Republican controlled House:

    • muselet

      Close, but that’s far too orderly.


    • Keystone Ferengi

      • Aynwrong


  • gescove

    Ryan = Worst. Speaker. Ever.