The Senate is poised to pass comprehensive immigration reform this week with upwards of 70 votes, an impressive majority that sponsors of the legislation have long hoped will compel the GOP-controlled House to follow suit.
Don’t count on it. This set of House Republicans has ignored supermajorities before, and is ready to do so again now.
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“There’s a totally different dynamic in the Senate than in the House,” said Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, a leading player in the lower chamber’s immigration debate. “I’m never going to try to tell somebody in the Senate how to do their job, as I don’t expect senators to tell us how to do our job.”
For months, members of the Senate “Gang of Eight” have been entertaining Republican amendments to their immigration bill in an overt attempt to win greater GOP support for a comprehensive overhaul. Their strategic calculation is simple: The House will feel pressure to act only if the Senate bill attracts a significant number of Republican supporters.
“If we can come out of the Senate with close to a majority of the Republican senators and almost every Democrat, that may change the equation in the House and thinking in the House among mainstream Republicans,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said earlier this month on Meet the Press. “And they may want to go for our bill.”
Read More at The National Journal . By Tim Alberta.