House GOP leaders are reneging on a vow to hold an immigration vote before the August recess, a move that puts House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in a particularly awkward spot as he seeks to become the next speaker.
In June, McCarthy (R-Calif.) personally promised several rank-and-file members a vote on a new guest-worker program for farmers, an offer backed by Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). The assurance was critical at the time: It persuaded Reps. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and Dan Newhouse (R-Wash.) not to sign on to an effort — which Republican leaders were desperately trying to stop — to force a vote on legislation creating a pathway to citizenship for Dreamers, the immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. The so-called discharge petition ultimately fell two signatures short.
But now, Republican leaders have no plans to take up the guest-worker program before the summer break, according to four sources in leadership. Ryan does not want to hold a vote that’s certain to fail, they said — though proponents of the guest-worker bill said McCarthy’s original promise to hold a vote was unconditional.
“That was not the deal; the deal was that we’re taking it up regardless,” Ross said Monday afternoon, arguing that the lack of 218 votes shouldn’t preclude the promised vote. “There are those of us [who] need to go back [home] and show that we’re doing all we can to do what we said we would do."
The pattern of Boehner, Ryan, and McCarthy is to promise whatever is expedient at the time. The pattern of Boehner, Ryan, and McCarthy has been to proclaim their conservative values but then to support big government bills in the name of cooperation even though the very definition of conservative is smaller government.
A few years ago, I spoke to a Tea Party group in Bakersfield. McCarthy and his lovely wife were in attendance. A part of my talk was to proclaim the virtues of limited government as touted by our founders and made a part of the United States Constitution. Mrs. McCarthy was very supportive while Mr. McCarthy sat with his arms folded, maintaining a look of disgust. Kevin McCarthy did not acknowledge me in any way after he finished his remarks in which he said limited government was good, but then proceeded to explain all the wonderful government programs he was pushing.
McCarthy should never be supported for Speaker. McCarthy is no different from Ryan or Boehner. All three are ardent supporters of big government and strong advocates against limited government. They are not conservatives. All three have been “useful idiots” for the socialist movement pushed by the Marxist/Progressives (Democrats).
DO NOT SUPPORT MCCARTHY FOR SPEAKER. HIS NAME IS DIFFERENT FROM RYAN OR BOEHNER, BUT HIS AGENDA IS THE SAME, MORE SPENDING AND BIGGER GOVERNMENT, WHOSE WORD OR HANDSHAKE IS WORTHLESS.