Rep. Steve King (R-IA) indicated Wednesday that if House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) brings immigration reform up for a vote in the House, his speakership could be in jeopardy.
King initially praised Boehner’s leadership during the government shutdown.
“John Boehner has been stronger throughout this partial shutdown and the debt ceiling than most everybody thought he would be. He did serve to unify the conference better than I thought,” King said in an interview with Newsmax.
But King, a staunch opponent of immigration reform, said he may feel differently about Boehner’s future if the speaker pushes for a vote on comprehensive immigration reform.
“We’ll have to see how the future issues play out,” King said. “For example, if immigration comes before the House, it would be the most divisive thing that could be brought up by Republicans in the House. Then I would have a different answer to that question.”
Boehner said in October that immigration reform needs to be addressed, but has not yet been clear on how he will approach the issue in the House.
[H/t Huffington Post]