Paul: Immigration Reform Could Threaten Boehner’s Speakership

by Andrew Johnson

Rand Paul warned John Boehner that his speakership could be in jeopardy if he breaks the Hastert rule and brings the Senate immigration bill, or something similar to it, for a vote without the support of a majority of Republicans.

“If he allows something to pass out of conference that looks anything like the Senate bill and it is passed with a majority of Democrats, I think that’ll be the final thing he does as speaker,” Paul said on Laura Ingraham’s radio show today. “He has to hold the line.”

When asked if he ultimately thought he would vote for a bill that had New York senator Chuck Schumer’s approval, Paul laughed and responded, “I’d be quite doubtful.”

Paul continued to push his “trust but verify” approach for an immigration-reform bill, which would place the responsibility for border security in the hands of Congress. Under his amendment, Congress would vote on whether or not the border is secure on an annual basis for five years to ensure prescribed measures are being met.