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Props to these kids for catching John Boehner at his favorite diner pretending like he's not a tool of his corporate masters and telling their stories.
The Hill has the whole story:
A pair of immigrant teenagers confronted Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) at a Capitol Hill diner on Wednesday morning, telling him their parents were in danger of deportation because of the House’s inaction on immigration reform.
Boehner was eating breakfast at Pete’s Diner — his regular morning pit stop — when Carmen Lima, 13, and Jennifer Martinez, 16, approached him with a video camera in tow.
After Lima shared her story and asked the Speaker to commit to immigration reform, Boehner told her, “I’m trying to find a way to get this thing done. It’s, as you know, not easy. It’s not going to be an easy path forward, but I’ve made it clear since the day after the election that it’s time to get this done.”
Boehner made no specific commitments to the children, and at a press conference hours later, he ruled out passing legislation that could be reconciled with the Senate bill in a conference committee. That was a new marker for the Speaker, and it cuts off what many advocates saw as the only remaining path for the kind of broad immigration overhaul they are seeking.
“We’ve made it clear we’re going to move on a common-sense, step-by-step approach in terms of how we deal with immigration,” Boehner said after a closed-door House Republican conference meeting. “The idea that we’re going to take up a 1,300-page bill that no one had ever read, which is what the Senate did, is not going to happen in the House. And frankly, I’ll make clear we have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill.”
Can we please stop saying Boehner is one of the reasonable ones who would make a deal if the tea party would let him? He's not reasonable. He's a true believer and he just lied to those kids, right to their face.
Here's why he won't bring it to the floor.
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) November 13, 2013
Speaker Boehner just lied to two kids, one of whom will be a voter before 2016 rolls around, maybe even in time for 2014. You think they won't work like dogs to elect a more honest representative?