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Big Media today has a fact-check on an allegation Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) made last week during a debate with Democratic challenger Andrew Romanoff, in which Coffman said that immigration bills cleared the House. Here’s the quote (@21:45):
I think both parties have it wrong right now. I think on the left it’s, unless we get everything, then nothing will move. And in fact, individual bills have moved over to the Senate. And Harry Reid would not take it up because it was not quote-unquote comprehensive. And then on my side of the aisle, you know, we’ve got to get moving. And I’ve worked with my folks on the Republican side to get them moving. And so I think there’s got to be a middle path. And that middle path is a step-by-step approach.
Here’s the problem with Coffman’s assertion. As Big Media points out, “He’d have been wrong even if he’d said a singular immigration bill cleared the U.S. House. But he said “bills” plural, multiplying his apparent mistake.”
In the last year and a half of this Congressional session, the House has voted on absolutely nothing that could be considered an immigration reform bill. Check out this scorecard where we’ve been keeping track of all immigration-related full House votes, as well as how key Republicans like Coffman and his colleague Cory Gardner (R-CO) have voted. What are these votes?
We’ll let Big Media finish it up:
Coffman himself made a big deal a year ago about supporting “comprehensive” immigration reform, but now he’s calling for a step-by-step approach. But he has yet to define, in any meaningful and specific way, the legislation or steps he supports to reform immigration.
Romanoff, who supports the Senate immigration bill, said as much during the debate, when he pointed out that Coffman’s “step-by-step” won’t work if steps aren’t taken.