House GOPer: Boehner should lose speakership over immigration reform

Boehner is reportedly prepared to work with the Democrats, since his party is divided on the legislation

Published June 18, 2013 1:34PM (EDT)

Conflicting reports are swirling around as to whether or not House Speaker John Boehner will work with the Democrats to pass immigration reform, since the conservatives in his caucus are opposed to the legislation. And conservative Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., says that if Boehner does push forward amid objections from his party, he should lose his speakership.

“I would consider that a betrayal of the Republican members of the House, and a betrayal of the Republicans throughout the country," Rohrabacher told WorldNetDaily radio. "Just as legalizing the status of illegals and suffering consequences of fifty million new people heading in our direction is a betrayal of the interests of the American people."

He continued: "And if Spekaker Boehner moves forward and permits this to come to a vote, even though the majority of Republicans in the House - and that's if they do [call a vote] - oppose whatever it is that's coming to a vote, he should be removed as Speaker."

Here's the audio, via Right Wing Watch.

The National Journal reports Tuesday that Boehner is looking to "capitalize" on the split among conservatives in order to pass the legislation. From the NJ:

The rare split inside the conservative wing of Boehner’s Republican conference offers him an uncommon opportunity to bring a bill to the floor without facing an insurrection among his members. It also means convincing enough conservatives that passing some immigration measure won’t be preamble to the Senate using compromise negotiations to jam a more liberal version down the House’s throat.

The Associated Press published a report speculating that Boehner may combine forces with Democrats to pass the legislation, though the Washington Examiner quotes an anonymous source who says that "no way in hell" would the Speaker bring a vote without majority Republican support.

By Jillian Rayfield

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