Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) said on Wednesday at the Heritage Foundation-hosted Conversations with Conservatives press event that House Speaker John Boehner has promised him that the Senate’s “Gang of Eight” immigration bill is dead in the House.
“I very recently had a conversation with the Speaker and if immigration reform moves, it’s going to move piecemeal,” Salmon said in response to a question from Breitbart News. “And it will go over one bill at a time and if there is any kind of conference, it will be on specific bills we send over. It will not be on the Gang of Eight bill.”
While Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel has not immediately responded to confirm what Salmon said, if true it means the push for amnesty is dead. While House GOP leadership has postured that the Senate bill will not be taken up in the House of Representatives, it still survived with a glimmer of hope from congressional Democrats and amnesty advocates via what is known as a conference committee.