Efforts to halt ObamaCare nixed, amnesty top priority
During this interview (excerpted) with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Speaker John Boehner puts distance between Congressional Republicans and the Tea Party that helped put many of them in their cushy D.C. offices.
Boehner went out of his way to downplay the influence of the Tea Party on Congress, although at least 51 members of the Tea Party caucus won re-election and will return for the 113th Congress in January.
“This has been the most misreported story of my two years’ tenure. We don’t have a Tea Party caucus to speak of in the House,” Boehner said. “All of us who were elected in 2010 were supported by the Tea Party.”
“These are ordinary Americans who’ve taken a more active role in their government. They want solutions, but we’ve all come a long way over the last two years. I think we all understand each other a lot better.”
Boehner also revealed that a “comprehensive, bipartisan immigration overhaul” [more correctly known as amnesty] would be a top priority of his agenda during the upcoming congressional session. “This issue has been around far too long,” he said. “A comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.”
“What Republicans need to learn is how do we speak to all Americans. You know, not just the people who look like us and act like us, but how do we speak to all Americans,” Boehner said.
Americans, regardless of what we “look like,” don’t need an “immigration overhaul.” Our laws need to be respected and obeyed, Mr. Speaker. Legal citizens — of either party or any nationality — can speak to each other without your instruction. We all belong here.