Marco Rubio fell into a bad crowd with the Senate Gang of 8 that labored to bring forth the monstrous immigration bill. Now that the bill has been sent over to the House, Democrats will be looking to create a crisis atmosphere to compel passage. On Fox News Sunday yesterday, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy gave voice to the thoughts of a lot of us who have been following this production:
JOHN ROBERTS: I assume you heard Senator Schumer talking about immigration. He is fairly positive, he has a bold prediction: the House eventually will pass the Senate bill. What do you say?
REP. TREY GOWDY (R-S.C.): Well, I was moved, almost to the point of tears, by Senator Schumer’s concern for the future prospects of the Republican Party, but we’re going to not take his advice. The Senate bill is not going to pass the House. It’s not going to pass for myriad reasons. I support immigration reform; I think the current system is broken. But our framers gave us two legislative bodies, and I assume that they did it for a reason. The House runs every two years with the theory that we will be closer to the will of the people.
So, under the assumption that the framers meant to give us two legislative bodies and a House of Representatives with 435 members, we are going to work our will, like we have been doing for the past weeks. We have passed four separate bills out of House Judiciary and an additional bill out of Homeland Security. We’re making progress, and we will continue to do so. I’m more interested in getting it right than doing it on Senator Schumer’s schedule.
We remain wary of any scenario that provides the opportunity for a bill to be produced in conference, but at least Rep. Gowdy has Schumer’s number and an idea of the game that is afoot. He has big edge over Rubio on that score.
RCP has posted the transcript of the video of Rep. Gowdy’s FNS appearance here. I’m also posting the video below.