House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., said Friday that the House could not vote on the Senate-approved immigration reform bill because he was not willing to “repeat” the mistakes of the Obamacare rollout.
Cantor was pressured by House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., who said a House vote on the bill should happen before the end of the year.
“Bring it to the floor and see if the House thinks it’s a bad bill,” said Hoyer. “See if the House believes that it’s a bill that is not worthy to be considered and passed as a fixing of a broken immigration system … He has the power to bring that bill to the floor.”
“We don’t want a repeat of what’s going on now with Obamacare,” said Cantor. “That bill, constructed as it is by the Senate, last-minute-ditch effort to get it across the finish line. I think that there is a lot that can be done a lot better in that bill … let’s be mindful, Madam Speaker, of what happens when you put together a bill like Obamacare and the real consequences to millions of Americans right now, scared that they’re not going to even have health care insurance that they have today come January 1.”
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Cantor argued that Senate Democrats and Obama administration have been unwilling to talk with the GOP on immigration.
“I’d say to the gentleman again. The track record of this administration and the majority in the Senate has indicated an unwillingness to sit down and talk,” Cantor said. “They’ve not done so, certainly the White House has not done so on the immigration issue, did not do so on the health care issue, and again it doesn’t help the American people for their insistence on a ‘my way or the highway’ kind of mode of operation.”
Even before the government shut the House Republicans have been unwilling to vote on immigration reform.
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said in August called immigration reform “a waste of time,”