After House Republicans met in conference on Wednesday for several hours discussing their pathway forward on immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Whip Kevin McCarthy, Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Homeland Security Committee chairman Michael McCaul and Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte stated they will not take up the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” bill in their chamber of Congress.
“Today House Republicans affirmed that rather than take up the flawed legislation rushed through the Senate, House committees will continue their work on a step-by-step, common-sense approach to fixing what has long been a broken system,” the House GOP leadership officials said in a joint statement.
The House GOP leadership did not, however, rule out considering the Senate Gang of Eight bill in a conference report between the House and Senate. In their joint op-ed calling for the House to kill the Senate bill, National Review editor Rich Lowry andWeekly Standard editor Bill Kristol called on the House to refuse to take the bill to conference. “In any case, House Republicans should make sure not to allow a conference with the Senate bill,” they wrote in part in their op-ed.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel did not respond to Breitbart News’ request for comment on whether the Speaker would actually refuse to take up the Gang of Eight bill in conference.