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Speaker Boehner Standing in the Way of Progress

There is broad bipartisan support for immigration reform across the country and here in Congress. The time is now.

71 percent of voters surveyed nationwide said they would back an immigration bill that contains the following provisions: border security, an expanded visa program for high-skilled workers and agricultural workers, an employment verification system, a pathway to citizenship for undocumented children and legal status for immigrants in the United States illegally.

The Senate immigration bill passed with a bipartisan vote of 68-32 with 14 Senate Republicans voting in favor of the bill.

The House bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia, has 190 cosponsors – including three Republicans.

But Speaker Boehner says NO.

We have no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill. [11/13]

Americans support ending employment discrimination for LGBT workers.

63 percent of Americans would vote for a bill that would make it illegal to discriminate in the workplace on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The Senate passed the ENDA bill with a bipartisan vote of 64-32 including 10 Republicans voting in favor of the legislation.

The House bill, introduced by Democratic Rep. Jared Polis, has 195 cosponsors including 5 Republicans.

But Speaker Boehner says NO.

Just moments ago, Speaker Boehner called ENDA “unnecessary.”

“Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) revealed Monday that he opposes the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, quashing hopes for the bill as it secures the votes to pass the Senate.”

An overwhelming majority of Americans support stronger gun violence prevention measures.

89 percent of Americans support requiring background checks for all gun purchases and 88 percent of Americans support laws preventing mentally ill people from purchasing guns.

A bipartisan bill was introduced in the House by Republican Rep. Peter King and Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson to strengthen background checks for gun purchases and to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the dangerously mentally ill. In addition to Reps. King and Thompson, the bill has 183 cosponsors including 2 Republicans.

But Speaker Boehner says NO.

When we have a decision to announce, we’ll announce it.” Silence.

What does the Speaker say YES to?

16-day Republican Government Shutdown that cost $24 billion to our economy

Cutting $40 billion in assistance to hungry Americans

GOP budget that would undermine Medicare

Speaker Boehner is listening to the wrong constituency – his GOP conference. This is ‘a government of the people, by the people, for the people’ – and the American people demand progress on issues that matter to them.

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