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U.S. Chamber of Commerce Calls the Tune on Immigration Reform

Posted: November 18, 2013 at 7:00 am   /   by

Full-Court Press by Business Continues 

While House Speaker John Boehner appeared to slam the door on immigration reform this year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce continued its relentless drumbeat for reform. There should be no doubt about who’s really in charge.

Only one day after Boehner’s pronouncement, Chamber President Tom Donohue hosted an immigration reform pep talk for the press. It was filled with optimism about the prospects for House action on reform, whether it happens this year or sometime in early 2014.

“It’s good for the country, good for the economy, good for American companies, and yes, it’s very good for American workers,” Donahue said, referring to immigration reform that would bring an influx of new workers to the United States.

While the prospects for immigration reform seem dim this year, the Chamber has been busy bringing reform advocates to Washington to lobby Congress. It’s a full-court press.

The House Republican leadership rejects the Senate-passed Gang of Eight reform bill, but it is working behind the scenes to find a way to get immigration reform one way or another.

Add the U.S. Chamber’s determination and deep pockets. The Chamber is one of Washington’s most effective lobbyists, with millions to spend on advertising and campaign contributions. It is accustomed to getting its way with Republicans.

Immigration skeptics should be on guard. The fix is in.