Neil McCabe

“I hope Speaker Boehner will immediately kill the amnesty bill through a constitutionally-required blue slip. As long as the amnesty bill sits in the House it poses a threat to taxpayers and immigrants,” he wrote. “By creating their own amnesty taxes Senate Democrats broke the rules. Senate Democrats were so hell-bent on ramming through a gift to radical political activists they didn’t bother to check if it was even legal.”

It was not until the members’ meeting that Boehner confirmed to all Republican congressmen the Senate bill was subject to blue slip and a new House bill was the only way to give President Barack Obama and the Democrats the amnesty bill they promised their supporters and contributors.

“They got caught trying to sneak an illegal bill past the Constitution’s borders,” said Stockman.

In a joint statement by Boehner and other members of the Republican leadership, the speaker portrayed his bailing out the Democrat’s amnesty bill as a tough stand.

“Today House Republicans affirmed that rather than take up the flawed legislation rushed through the Senate, House committees will continue their work on a step-by-step, common-sense approach to fixing what has long been a broken system, the speaker said in his statement.

Even going so far as to say he like other Americans did not trust the Obama to enforce the borders as promised: “The president has also demonstrated he is willing to unilaterally delay or ignore significant portions of laws he himself has signed, raising concerns.”

Concerns are powerful things, but not powerful enough to stop Boehner, whose political contributions jumped from $9 million in 2010 to $22 million in 2012 after the Tea Party movement delivered him the House majority that made him speaker, from risking his speakership and majority for an amnesty bill the American people do not want.


Neil McCabe

Neil W. McCabe is a journalist working in Washington. He was a senior reporter for the Human Events newspaper and for many years a reporter for The Pilot, Boston's Catholic paper. In 2009, he deployed to Iraq with the Army as a combat historian for 15 months.