“I think the number is over 50 that will vote against it but it doesn’t matter because there is going to be over 50 Democrats who vote for it,” Salmon said on Tuesday, while calling Boehner's strategy cowardly.
Boehner will need to lean extra heavily on Pelosi and Hoyer for a bailout, however, as conservatives aren’t relenting. Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA), who was just elected to the House after beating now former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary, is leading a last-ditch effort to stop amnesty via the omnibus. He’s pushing an amendment with support from several House conservatives that would be added to the bill before it hits the floor—unless House Rules Committee chairman Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX) blocks the amendment, something that would surely spark substantial grassroots outrage against him in his conservative Texas district.
Widespread public opposition across the country to what Congress is about to do on a number of fronts, especially Boehner’s backing of Obama’s executive amnesty with an open checkbook and no plans in the future to block its funding, has held up the deal in recent days. The bill's text was supposed to come out Monday sometime, then Tuesday morning—but it has been held up in behind-closed-doors negotiations.
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