Campaign 2010

Oct 25, 2013

After Rep. Heck Opposes Bipartisan Immigration Reform, His Republican Leadership Abandons Issue

Months after Congressman Joe Heck worked to kill momentum for immigration reform, his Republican leadership has announced that they will follow suit and once again oppose reasonable solutions and block immigration reform for the rest of the year.

For his part, Congressman Heck helped kill the momentum for immigration reform in July, when he admitted he opposed the Senate’s bipartisan bill that had just passed.

Politico reported this morning that Congressman Heck’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 Heck rejected bipartisan cooperation this summer when he opposed the Senate’s immigration reform plan, and now his Republican leadership has admitted that they will block all reforms to our immigration system for the rest of the year,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The Senate has already passed a commonsense, bipartisan immigration reform bill with broad support from business groups who say reform would help grow our economy, yet Congressman Heck and House Republicans continue to be the one roadblock to reasonable solutions, admitting today that they are abandoning immigration reform all together.”

BACKGROUND:

House Republicans are Refusing to Allow a Vote on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. “House Republican leadership has no plans to vote on any immigration reform legislation before the end the 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]

  • Headline: House GOP plans no immigration vote in 2013 [Politico, 10/25/13]

Heck: “I Would Vote No” on the Senate Immigration Bill. At a townhall on immigration, Heck said he would vote “no” on the Senate immigration bill. “As it [Senate immigration bill] is currently written I would vote no,” said Heck. [Heck Townhall Windmill Library, 7/02/13]

  • …Even After Senators McCain and Heck Worked Across the Aisle and Voted for Bipartisan Comprehensive Immigration Reform. According to the New York Times: “The Senate on Thursday approved the most significant overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws in a generation with broad support generated by a sense among leading Republicans that the party needed to join with Democrats to remove a wedge between Republicans and Hispanic voters. The strong 68-to-32 vote in the often polarized Senate tossed the issue into the House, where the Republican leadership has said that it will not take up the Senate measure and is instead focused on much narrower legislation that would not provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the country.” Senators McCain and Heck voted for the bill. [New York Times, 6/27/13; S 744, Vote #168, 6/27/13]