‘Meet the Press’ panel: Immigration reform dead in House

Is there a way forward for the immigration-reform bill now that it’s in the House?

Sunday’s “Meet the Press” panelists didn’t think so.

NBC Political Director Chuck Todd said the combination of the calendar and conservative convictions doesn’t bode well for the huge package passed by the Senate in June. House Republicans are scheduled to meet Wednesday to discuss the bill, and former President George W. Bush is scheduled to speak in support of it the same day at an immigration ceremony in Dallas.

illegalimmig3However, with no conservative champion in the House to act as a counterpart to the role U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., played in the Senate, the bill’s chances are poor, said correspondent Andrea Mitchell.

“The White House, they had been so confident they were going to sign immigration reform this year, for the first time I’m hearing that there is some doubt seeping in, that they think maybe the House won’t act. What they need is, they need something to sort of force (House Speaker John) Boehner like at the last minute bring it to the floor the same way the fiscal cliff deal happened. The problem is there is no trigger at the end of the year, there isn’t the end of this Congress there isn’t this. So I don’t know how this happens at the end of this year and suddenly now the White House doesn’t see a path,” Todd said..

“Immigration was going to be the one thing they could have pointed to,” Mitchell said. “And I think that conversation with John Boehner and the president, the president doesn’t have a whole well of trust in Boehner saying, you know, hang with me, I can get this done by the end of the summer. … They don’t have a Marco Rubio on the House side who can try to work around this and bring it together.”

“It was supposed to be Paul Ryan …” Todd said.

“He’s gone silent,” Mitchell said.


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