“House Republicans emerged from their hotly anticipated closed-door meeting on immigration Wednesday united against the Senate-passed bill, but no closer to an agreement on their own policies to address the controversial issue,” Roll Call says.
NBC’s Frank Thorp, Carrie Dann, and Luke Russert add: “House Republicans huddled behind closed doors Wednesday in a long-awaited ‘special conference’ to discuss tactics, air grievances and plot the way forward – or out of – the national debate over comprehensive immigration reform.
While the “lively” meeting didn’t yield any major breakthroughs among the deeply divided GOP conference, Republican leaders made clear in a statement afterward that any legislation that gives too much responsibility to the Obama administration is a non-starter in the House.”
Politico: “The House Republican leadership is reaching out to top House Democrats to assess their support for a piecemeal approach to immigration reform, according to sources involved in the discussions. The House’s immigration gameplan is to pass individual bills rather than take the comprehensive approach advocated by the Senate. Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) team isn’t trying to cut a deal with Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), these aides caution. But deeply-divided Republicans want to get a read on what members of the minority party would back when immigration reform comes to the floor.
Reps. Linda Sanchez (D-CA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) participated on a conference on Tuesday, urging Senate Republicans not to block President Obama's nominees to serve on the National Labor Relations Board., NBC’s Alexa Dragoumis notes.
“[It's] a shameless attempt by Mitch McConnell to shut down the National Labor Relations Board and their ability to protect hard working Americans from unfair labor practices," Sanchez said. “We’re hopeful that Senator McConnell will wake up and smell that the American people are sick of this game playing. They want the regular wheels of government to turn. They want to have dates in court. They want to make sure that they can assert protections if they’re being abused by their employers and we can’t have that if we don’t have the NLRB. So, let’s hope that the letter has an impact on him and with the pressure that’s created from hard-working Americans that he’ll have a change of heart.”
First published July 11 2013, 5:58 AM