The House bipartisan “Gang of Eight” has reached an agreement in principle on immigration overhaul, including major points such as a pathway to citizenship, border security, health care and guest workers, a member of the group told ABC News tonight.
The lower chamber now expects to work out details next week before taking the Memorial Day break and introducing the bill June 4.
Over hoagie sandwiches, a two-hour meeting of a bipartisan group of congressmen nearly fell apart today over who would pay for immigrant health care, the House “Gang” member said.
Official portrait of Congressman . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, was the last holdout who had to call into the meeting from Idaho where his daughter had a recital, the member said.
Labrador, described as the most influential Republican in the House “Gang of Eight” because he represents Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s interests, finally agreed when language proposed by Democrats ensured that taxpayer money would not pay for immigrant health care.
Although not a member of the “Gang of Eight,” Wisconsin congressman and former vice presidential contender Paul Ryan was instrumental in bringing the Republicans along in the agreement.
The House bipartisan group that seemed to have stalled earlier today announced it is finally moving forward on its own version of immigration overhaul.
speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) has served only 4 months, but, already he is pissing off his senior party leadership which Ted says does not bother him. Senator Cruz seems to be focused on running for president in 2016! This guy is only a freshmen, his Harvard education notwithstanding. Ted seems unaware that he talks down to people of both parties. He loves to have a microphone in his face and does not realize the chemical effect he has on regular people. President of the United States? No! I think not. —GoodOleWoody
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Posted by Jennifer Rubin on April 29, 2013 at 5:27 pm
It is a shopworn technique of hard-line conservatives to declare themselves men and women of principle in contrast to those other Republicans — the ones, you know, who pass legislation and try to represent their constituents. It is both self-serving (presuming principles are of no matter to opponents) and lazy in that it is always easy to say no, ridicule compromise and remain pristine rather than trying to improve legislation or introduce an alternative.
I’m sorry to say Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is too often falling into the reflexive habit of voting no on everything and then mocking his colleagues.
Martin Richard was standing with his family near the Boston Marathon finish line to cheer on family friends when an explosion took his life. He was 8 years old and in the third grade.
Hundreds attended a candlelight vigil held Tuesday evening at Garvey Park in Dorchester to remember the young boy. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell returned to his hometown to attend the vigil and see how the suburban community is coping.
(Photo of the Garvey Park vigil in Dorchester, Mass. taken by MSNBC’s Evan Puschak)
“I can’t believe it happened,” said a classmate of Martin’s. “It’s really sad.”
Her mother told O’Donnell how the parents in the community were feeling. “We were up to almost midnight last night talking to other parents just because it is just such a close neighborhood, you know. And they’re such a wonderful family. I mean, so… it’s terrible.”
Krystal Campbell, a 29-year-old fitness coach and restaurant manager, was identified as the second victim on Tuesday.
Graham. “Obama has shown some leg.”