President Obama slammed House Republicans today for trying to pass a border bill that they know will never pass the Senate or be signed by him into law.
The president began by talking about the growing economy, and thanked Congress for passing VA legislation and for passing temporary transportation funding. He then called out Congress for not doing things that would help middle class families.
The president called out House Republicans for not even trying to solve the immigration problem. Obama said, “House Republicans as we speak are trying to pass the most extreme and unworkable versions of a bill that they already know is going nowhere. It can’t pass the Senate, and if it were to pass the Senate, I would veto it. They know it. They’re not even trying to actually solve the problem. This is a message bill that they couldn’t quite pull off yesterday, so they made it a little more extreme so maybe they can pass it today. Just so they can check a box before they leave town tomorrow….Yesterday, even though they have been sitting on a bipartisan immigration bill for over a year, House Republicans suggested I should act on my own because they couldn’t pass a bill.”
President Obama called House Republicans out on their fraud. He was right. House Republicans have no interest in solving problems. In fact, they aren’t interested in even pretending like they are solving problems. Boehner and company are interesting in passing a bill just so that they can go home and tell people that they did something.
It doesn’t matter that what they will pass will never become law. House Republicans are all about playing to talk radio and Fox News. For these House Republicans, image matters more than substance. Obama called them out on their fraud. The border bill is the latest example of House Republicans doing what they do best, talking tough while doing nothing.