Recall that Boehner’s tenure as Republican Home speaker was marred with “making the Senate go first on nearly every little thing,” NBC Information reported in 2013, including on a comprehensive immigration reform package. So the chamber led by then-Democratic Majority Chief Sen. Harry Reid did simply that, passing laws by 68-32, an unimaginable quantity then, and an unimaginable quantity now.
However when that invoice reached his doorstep, Boehner refused to permit a ground vote. He additionally refused to permit the vote despite the fact that immigration reform advocates had the greater than two dozen Republican votes they wanted to move laws.
“[T]here exist enough votes to pass immigration reform with a path to citizenship through the House,” advocacy group America’s Voice said in October 2013, a number of months after the Senate had handed its bundle. “At the moment, there are 183 co-sponsors on the House immigration bill launched two weeks in the past. It’s estimated that 200 Democrats might be a part of with the 26 Republicans who’re on the document supporting a path to citizenship, to finally move such a invoice.”
“Boehner additionally stood in the best way of primary democracy on this subject, reassuring his caucus that he would not allow a vote on any invoice that didn’t have a majority amongst Home Republicans, even when the invoice might have achieved bipartisan majority within the Home as a complete,” Media Issues reported. However as America’s Voice additionally famous in 2013, Boehner broke his Hastert rule talking point for different items of laws. “The Speaker and his caucus are out of excuses.”
Boehner can be mendacity via his wine-stained enamel when he claims that Obama set discussions on fireplace. The Senate handed its bundle in June 2013; President Obama’s executive actions on immigration got here greater than a 12 months later in November 2014 (and got here solely as a result of the Home wouldn’t act). Boehner had all that point to move one thing. He might have simply allowed the ground vote. As a substitute he gave a floor vote to Iowa’s main white supremacist and retired congressman, Steve King. However, positive, he has “no idea how” one thing just like the America First caucus “confirmed up.”
This results in Meet the Press host Chuck Todd, who might have instructed lots of this straight to Boehner’s bronzed face, Media Issues reports. “… Todd ought to know all of this historical past—he co-wrote items at NBC Information on how Boehner and Home Republicans disregarded the Senate bill, ostensibly to pursue a Home invoice, however famous that ‘conservatives are now creating new excuses’ to oppose immigration reform,” the report mentioned. As a substitute, Boehner known as Todd a “shit” to his face. Todd then simply chuckled at being insulted. Have some fucking dignity, man.