This news might give you heartburn this Wednesday morning. Nancy Pelosi had a Q&A session on her Facebook page yesterday and the topic she chose to focus on was immigration. She said that the Democrats have enough Republicans on board to pass the amnesty bill they’ve been dreaming of for so long.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday there is a bipartisan majority in the House of Representatives ready to pass a comprehensive immigration overhaul bill, but she may never get the chance to prove it if GOP Speaker John A. Boehner doesn’t bring a vote in the Republican-lead House.
“With 28 Republicans having publicly expressed support for a path to citizenship, we believe the votes are there on a bipartisan basis to pass a bill,” she wrote on Facebook. “It’s just a question whether Speaker Boehner can muster the will to schedule a vote.”
Here’s something Pelosi didn’t mention – the Senate never actually sent the immigration bill to the House.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York recently told reporters that Mr. Obama wants immigration reform “more than anything else.” The Arizona Republic called amnesty “the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s second-term domestic agenda,” However, Mr. Obama needs Republicans in the House of Representatives to initiate an immigration bill. Those paying close attention know that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid never sent the Senate’s gargantuan amnesty bill (S. 744) over to the House. Why? Because the bill raises revenue and the Constitution requires all bills raising revenue to originate in the House, not the Senate. Mr. Reid is well aware that if he sent it to the House, the bill would be “blue-slipped” — stopped by a legislative procedure that allows House members to shut down a bill that runs afoul of the Constitution’s Origination Clause. In other words, there is no immigration bill for the House to take up. This means the White House is relying on the House Republicans to initiate Obama’s amnesty agenda.
Read the whole thing to find out why that would be a very bad idea for the GOP politically.