It’s not uncommon for groups of Congressmen to work on America’s issues. What is uncommon is that, in this case, it is being done to bypass the “regular order,” meaning it is being done to circumvent the traditional procedures of legislation and the normal rules of Congress. Which also means most of your State Reps and Senators will not get their say or input. This is Washington at it’s worst, and one of the many disgusting reasons the Republic of America probably won’t survive.
The legislation the group is working on would secure the border; provide a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants already in the country, contingent on a secure border first; crack down on employers; and improve legal immigration. Senators have indicated some consensus on elements related to border security and the path to citizenship. They are struggling on the question of legal immigration and future workers, and are trading proposals with leaders of the AFL-CIO and Chamber of Commerce to try to get a deal.
US HOUSE of REPRESENTATIVES:
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives is close to introducing its own immigration bill, which would grant legal status to many of the nation’s estimated 11 million illegal immigrants but _ in a significant departure from similar proposals in the White House and Senate _ isn’t expected to include new paths to citizenship, according to those involved in the discussions.
A bipartisan group of House negotiators is even further along in drafting a comprehensive immigration overhaul than its counterpart in the Senate, but the path to passage in the lower chamber is lined with thorns.
Republican House leaders from Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) on down have not decided how to handle the vexing issue, even as they have voiced general support for “addressing” it in 2013.