ADVERTISEMENT
That said, things look awfully different and difficult in the GOP-controlled House. Proponents of reform, like House Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE (R-Ohio) and Rep. Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.), have done enough talking and listening with their conservative colleagues to know the Senate bill just won't fly. And bringing a conference report to the floor that largely reflects the main provisions of the Senate legislation is a nonstarter, to say the least.

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerJohn Feehery: A political forest fire Trump's pick for Federal Reserve chief is right choice at right time The two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery MORE held a press conference after Senate passage to reiterate his intention to bring a bill to the floor only that is supported by a "majority of the majority," something he had said weeks before but that worried conservatives who noted he had refused to apply the same mandate to a conference report when asked specifically by a reporter.

Conventional wisdom holds that opposition to reform is based solely upon the need to secure the border first and to provide legal citizenship later. But legalization itself — forgiveness for law breaking — is still a primary complaint of the conservative groups congressional Republicans hear from the most. 

House Republicans say they can't pass a path to citizenship. So the piecemeal approach favored by most of the House GOP conference means the House will pass immigration reform, but a law seems unlikely.

***

WILL STUDENT LOAN RATES DOUBLE? AskAB is off for the July 4 week and returns Monday July 8. Please join my weekly video Q&A by sending your questions and comments to askab@thehill.com. Thank you.