Monday, October 28, 2013

House Republican Strategy

There were hopeful signs last week that the House Republicans might be willing to move on immigration reform by the end of this year. However, here's a different take from Poliico:

For the first time in months, House Republicans are facing no immediate cataclysmic deadlines, and GOP leaders are struggling to come up with an agenda to fill the 19 legislative days that are left in 2013.
Need evidence? The House votes Monday evening and will finish its work week Wednesday. After that, the House is out of session until Nov. 12. Internally, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and senior Republicans aren’t discussing coming back early from the scheduled recess, but instead, they are wondering if they’ll cancel some of the remaining days in session.

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Throughout leadership and the House Republican Conference there’s a sense of bewilderment and confusion about what leadership will move to next. The fiscal fights with President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats have pushed the GOP’s numbers to barrel-scraping lows. And there’s a real sense that Republicans could lose control of the House next year.
Yet there’s not much going on in the Capitol.

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Here’s what won’t get done: immigration reform. The process is completely stalled, and many are pronouncing it dead. House Republican leadership has no plans to bring any bill to the floor — even one to bulk up border security — because of concerns among the rank and file that it could be forced into a bad deal with Obama and the Democratic-controlled Senate. Read more. . .


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