Schumer: House Will Pass Senate Immigration Bill or Face Minority Status 'For a Decade'
On Fox News Sunday, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) predicted that the House Republican resistance to bringing up the Senate’s immigration reform would be overcome. “I believe that by the end of this year,” said Schumer, “the House will pass the Senate bill.” That would be a shocking development, given the fact that Boehner has already said that the Senate bill will not see the light of day in the House.
Schumer said that the Republicans would force Speaker of the House John Boehner to take up the bill to prevent the party from becoming demographically obsolete. “The national Republican leadership will tell John Boehner, if you don’t pass a bill, we’re going to be a minority party for a decade,” Schumer stated. He also added that Democrats would not sign off on any approach to immigration reform that was not comprehensive.
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) made no such prediction. “It’s not going to be easy,” he stated, “but I really hesitate to tell Speaker Boehner how he should do this.”