July 08, 2013


Tough Choice for Republicans

Jessica Taylor: "Some Republican lawmakers are increasingly facing a tough choice - support a comprehensive immigration bill and face a backlash from their own voters or oppose efforts to provide a path to citizenship for undocumented workers and contribute to larger GOP losses in the future. Republican strategists are already fretting about the long-term implications for the party if they reject a comprehensive immigration bill, but that's a bitter pill for conservative activists to swallow, who are promising primary challenges and substantial blowback if lawmakers back reform. With fewer and fewer competitive House districts and Senate lawmakers who voted for the reform bill passed last week already facing threats of primary challenges, conservative activists are threatening to kill the effort, and it's one reason GOP leadership and House Speaker John Boehner has been hesitant to even bring up the Senate bill for a vote."










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