TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Boehner says blaming GOP on immigration just teasing

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 6:57 p.m.
 

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner told Republican lawmakers on Tuesday he was just teasing them when he lampooned their reluctance to act on immigration legislation, insisting that he blames President Obama for inaction on the issue, not the GOP.

“You tease the ones you love, right? But some people misunderstood what I had to say,” Boehner said after a closed-door meeting with the House GOP where he offered the explanation. “I can rib people just a little too much sometimes. This wouldn't be the first time.”

The comments in question were made at a Rotary Club lunch in Ohio last week when Boehner said Republican House members don't want to take on immigration because it's too difficult. He imitated them whining in high-pitched protest, “Ohh, don't make me do this ... ohh, this is too hard.” Some conservatives took offense, saying Boehner should be keeping the focus on Obama. Some Republicans say it's largely the president's fault that comprehensive immigration legislation, including border security and eventual citizenship for millions, remains stalled in the House 10 months after Senate passage. They say they can't trust Obama because of his record of taking steps by executive action.

Democrats, meanwhile, saw signs of renewed hope for immigration legislation in Boehner's comments blaming the House GOP, though Boehner's aides downplayed any such suggestion.

Asked about Boehner's remarks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, “I'm glad he's complaining about his members for a change so I don't have to.”

In his remarks on Tuesday, Boehner put the focus back on the president. “I wanted to make sure the members understood that the biggest impediment we have in moving immigration reform is that the American people don't trust the president to enforce or implement the law that we may or may not pass,” Boehner said.

With Congress back in session after a two-week recess, Boehner said that discussions are ongoing about a way forward. But any window for congressional action this year is rapidly closing, and chances remain slim.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Nation

  1. FBI, federal marshals join manhunt for survivalist accused of ambushing troopers
  2. Dog gone for 4 months found 3,000 miles from home
  3. House OKs deal to avert Oct. 1 shutdown, training of Syrian rebels
  4. Flows from Hawaiian volcano being monitored
  5. Again, Arizona looks to plentiful rain
  6. Artificial sweeteners possible contributors to diabetes, obesity
  7. Damage assessed from wildfire in Weed, Calif.
  8. S.C. man believed kids were going to kill him, warrant says
  9. ‘God’ made optional in Air Force oath
  10. 2 orbiters about to arrive at Mars to hunt for clues to climate change
  11. Alaskans get dividend of nearly $1,900 from state’s oil wealth account
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.