Reid: Boehner Killed Immigration Reform To ‘Appease The Tea Party’

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June 30, 2014 3:29 p.m.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) on Monday tore into Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) for refusing to act on immigration reform, conceding that there is now “no prospect for reform in the Republican-led House.”

He backed President Barack Obama’s decision to act administratively where he can.

“Speaker Boehner has made it absolutely clear that he won’t lift a finger to fix our broken immigration system so President Obama is right to protect families from being torn apart,” Reid said in a statement.

Reid continued:

“Speaker Boehner is out of excuses and his failure of leadership is enormous. Our broken immigration system is one of the biggest challenges we face as a nation and Speaker Boehner knows that addressing it is the right thing to do, yet the Tea Party spooked him into cowering in a corner. Instead of working with Democrats to forge bipartisan solutions, Speaker Boehner has sunk to suing the President and wasting taxpayer money in a transparent attempt to appease the Tea Party.

He added that “[w]ith no prospect for reform in the Republican-led House, the choice is between taking action and letting hard-working families continue to be torn apart.”

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