Oct 30, 2013

Congressman Valadao Lets Republican Leadership Kill Immigration Reform Before He Acts

Nearly a week after his Republican leadership killed immigration reform, Congressman Valadao finally co-sponsored a popular bill but did nothing to get a vote on immigration reform in the little time that remains for a bill to pass. After today, Congressman Valadao will not cast another scheduled vote until November 12, and the current legislative schedule includes only eight days of activity in the entire month of November.

Politico reported last week that Congressman Valadao’s Republican leadership has no plans to bring any comprehensive immigration reform up for a vote this year, and that they do not believe there are enough Republican votes for any immigration legislation. Independent observers have noted that the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform become even more dismal in an election year like 2014. Meanwhile, the Senate has already passed reform legislation with a broad bipartisan majority that secures our borders, protects workers, gives immigrants an earned pathway to citizenship and boosts our economy.

“Congressman Valadao could have put his name to this effort weeks ago, when there was still the time and opportunity to get immigration reform done,” said Matt Inzeo of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “Instead, Congressman Valadao timed his announcement to grab headlines while failing to deliver any results. Headlines might be nice for Congressman Valadao, but in the Central Valley, people demand results, and Valadao continues to fail to deliver.”

BACKGROUND

“House GOP Plans No Immigration Vote in 2013.” “House Republican leadership has no plans to vote on any immigration reform legislation before the end the year. The House has just 19 days in session before the end of 2013, and there are a number of reasons why immigration reform is stalled this year. Following the fiscal battles last month, the internal political dynamics are tenuous within the House Republican Conference. A growing chorus of GOP lawmakers and aides are intensely skeptical that any of the party’s preferred piecemeal immigration bills can garner the support 217 Republicans — they would need that if Democrats didn’t lend their votes. Republican leadership doesn’t see anyone coalescing around a single plan, according to sources across GOP leadership.” [Politico, 10/25/13]


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