Immigration Bill: One Long, Arduous Day on the Road to Overhaul

On Laura Ingraham's radio show, Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., said Boehner would use a "loophole" to subvert the so-called Hastert Rule that says a Republican speaker will only send to the floor bills supported by a Republican majority even if it would pass in bipartisan fashion.

"I think there's still a loophole that the speaker might allow himself, that he won't hold himself to the Hastert rule," she said Monday. "In the shorthand, this is what I think is going to happen, the very bad bill is going to be in the Senate.

"We're going to have a Trojan Horse bill that will look very good. It will look like border security in the House. Conservatives will vote for it in the House. Both bills will go to conference committee. The guts will get pulled out of the good bill. Amnesty will get put in.

"The Senate will pass it," she added. "It will go to the House. Nancy Pelosi will deliver all of the Democrat votes and all John Boehner has to do is deliver the committee chairs that hold the gavel."

And there is one other reason immigration overhaul advocates are not panicked.

Back in December, Boehner said he was "not interested" in a bill on the "fiscal cliff" that most of the GOP would reject.

But he brought that one to the floor and it passed.

The road to passage of immigration legislation is nearly as arduous as the path to citizenship it calls for.

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