According to Breitbart News conservatives in the House are working behind the scenes to halt the amnesty push so many Republicans are embracing. One staffer questioned the wisdom and sanity of Republican leadership taking on this issue now. It’s like they’re trying to lose the midterm elections.
It isn’t clear exactly what strategy the conservatives will use, but it’s good to know they’re doing something.
Aides from over a dozen House offices secretly convened today on the Senate side of the Capitol at a meeting organized by Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a top immigration hawk who has recently involved himself more aggressively in the affairs of the lower chamber.
“Over here in the Senate working for Senator Sessions, we learned a lot last year about the strategies employed by the powerful forces pushing bad immigration policies–and how to counter them,” reads a copy of the invitation to the meeting provided to Breitbart News by a House staffer.
Officials close to the matter say conservative critics of Speaker John Boehner’s planned immigration push are working to issue their own rival immigration principles to vie with the document Boehner is drafting. ….
The building backlash could create for a tumultuous three-day retreat next week as Republicans gather in Maryland to plan the party’s future. Upping the pressure, a key outside conservative today requested access to the retreat to brief lawmakers on the issue.
Top GOP officials, meanwhile, are becoming bolder in their embrace of immigration reform. House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) emerged Thursday to discuss how House GOP leadership plans to bring immigration legislation to the floor, while on House Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA)–the third highest House GOP leadership official–endorsed “legal status” for illegal aliens on Wednesday.
Read the whole thing. Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall at that retreat next week?