Speaker John Boehner Slams Fellow House Republicans On Immigration Reform Obstructionism



During a speech in his home district on Thursday, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) criticized his House Republicans on their intransigence when it comes to comprehensive immigration reform. A bill with bipartisan support passed through the Senate nearly a year ago. However, House Republicans have not moved on it. Many have stated they’d prefer a piecemeal approach to immigration, rather than a comprehensive approach. Others have stated their opposition to the bill because they think it provides ‘amnesty’ to undocumented immigrants.

Per CNN, Boehner mocked his fellow GOP House members while speaking in front of the Middletown Rotary Club. His claim was that House Republicans whine about immigration reform being too hard. He also pointed out that he and others were elected to Congress to solve problems and make choices.

“Here’s the attitude: ‘Ohhhh, don’t make me do this. Ohhhh, this is too hard’…We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it’s remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don’t want to. They’ll take the path of least resistance…I’ve had every brick and bat and arrow shot at me over this issue just because I wanted to deal with it. I didn’t say it was going to be easy.”


Obviously, Boehner’s comments received some backlash from those on the right. Heritage Action, which is an affiliate of The Heritage Foundation, released a statement on Thursday evening slamming Boehner over his criticism of his fellow Republicans.

It’s disappointing, but by now not surprising, that the Republican Speaker is attacking conservatives looking to retake the Senate. The Republican Party should be large enough for fact-based policy debates. Unfortunately, John Boehner is more interested in advancing the agenda of high-powered DC special interests than inspiring Americans with a policy vision that allows freedom, opportunity, prosperity and civil society to flourish.


You have to love a statement from a high-powered DC-area special interest group slamming a politician for being in the pockets of other high-powered DC special interest groups, don’t you? You can’t make things like this up.

Anyway, it seems apparent that Boehner is just plain sick and tired of dealing with conservative political groups and the far-right wing of his own party. The Speaker has already railed against certain conservative groups in the past months. Boehner likely knows that he is probably going to go down as the worst Speaker in Untied States history. At the very least, he’d like at least one positive legislative action with his stamp on it before he hands the gavel over.

Comprehensive immigration reform seems like something, under normal circumstances, he’d be able to get passed. Something he’d be able to point to and claim some credit for. However, these are not normal times. While comprehensive immigration reform polls well with the American people and the Senate has already acted on it, the extremist wing of the Republican Party in the House continues to obstruct any substantial legislative action. And they aren’t going to move on it before the midterms. That much is all but certain.


8 Replies to “Speaker John Boehner Slams Fellow House Republicans On Immigration Reform Obstructionism”

  1. Boehner is just playing to his constituents trying to explain why nothing has been done in forever. If he were a true leader he would have told his party long ago that the repeated votes for repealing Obamacare was done and over with. That is what a leader does. He sets the agenda, and they follow. He could bring up the jobs bills, or immigration reform any time he wants. He is trying to play both sides against the middle. More often than not that doesn’t work.

    Any where a Repugnant is running for re-election they need to be confronted by their constituents and by their Dem opponent as to why there has been 50 votes on repeal of Obamacare and nothing else. They should be made to explain why they shut down the government.

    I can tell you one thing. When Steve Pearce comes to town I plan on being there to ask him. He is only here around election time. I am waiting.

  2. Great post! Good for you, ask Mr. Pearce when he comes to your town, and keep us posted as to what his excuse is. Should be interesting.

  3. If Boehner wants to pass immigration reform all he has to do is bring the senate bill for a vote and it would pass!

  4. Just another greedy corporate puppet flailing his arms about in the air. Him, Lamar Smith and the entire anti mexico bunch,mostly the entire Republican contingent, of the House Judiciary Committee All should be charged with Human Rights violations for over empowering law enforcement along the border,contradicting Civil Rights of everyone and inciting a war on Mexico as well as mass murder of unarmed citizens. Mexico is our nearest neighbor. And soon to be our greatest trading partner. To attempt to criminalize these people for merely crossing the border is idiotic. Only they should be required to pay for public facilities,and barred from unearned public funds that should remain the privilege of full citizenship. The House Judiciary Committee has become haven for these greedy corporate puppets and should be cleaned out and the entire area sanitized.

  5. Boehner puts on a show in his district, but when he gets in Congress, the TPers ask him one question,
    “Who’s your daddy?” Then they bend over, and Boehner sees how quickly he can kiss their *sses.

  6. The same people who cry out loud country first ,but today is party first not country ,.Nancy Pelosi delivered at least the ACA to the american people,even though it’s not perfect enough ,and you M. John B.what will be your legacy ? ? ????? Power first ,it does,nt matter if my country is loosing his steams.

  7. Boehner finds himself in a bind of his own making, because for so long he allowed these lunatics to be the proverbial tail wagging the dog. The number of times he caved in to them are too many to count, and he’s paying the price in the form of his inability to rally them for anything. For them, it’s about thwarting the president in order to deprive him of as many legislative victories as possible. They don’t care who gets hurt in the process.

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