John Boehner won’t pick up the Senate’s bill. Per the Washington Post, this is a sensible approach for the Speaker to take. As Aaron Blake notes:
While a path to citizenship and increased border security are clearly popular by themselves, the Senate immigration bill as a package does not get overwhelming – or even majority – support.
Just 19 percent of Americans support the bill “strongly,” while 30 percent oppose it strongly.
The biggest news is this:
When asked whether they want the House to vote on the Senate bill or break down the issue into individual pieces, just 32 percent choose the Senate bill and 53 percent choose the piecemeal approach.
Much of the coverage of the immigration issue has focused on the fact that a path to citizenship is popular and that Americans want Congress to pass something. So when the Senate passed a bill that included a path to citizenship along with tough new border security elements that earned some GOP support, it seemed like an approach that Americans could support.
But this poll makes it pretty clear that the American people aren’t really all that on-board with the Senate bill, and thus there is no overwhelming pressure on Boehner and GOP leaders to allow a vote on it.
Alright, but apart from the facts that “it’s not popular,” “the opposition is louder,” “supporters aren’t angry enough,” and “Americans actually like Boehner’s approach,” one has to ask “why not?!”