Speaker John Boehner said this morning that House Republican leadership remains firmly opposed to taking up the Senate Gang of Eight’s immigration bill, and, even if the lower chamber passes piecemeal bills of its own, it won’t agree to conference with the Senate over them and the Gang’s bill.
“The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House,” he said. ”And frankly, I’ll make clear we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”
Some House conservatives have worried about the reliability of Boehner’s opposition to the Senate bill, suggesting he might view an immigration compromise as an appealing, defining accomplishment for his speakership. His spokesman, Michael Steel, isn’t having any of that either, telling National Journal, “frankly, the idea that he might ever abandon his members and his principles is a stupid liberal fantasy.”