Conservatives’ Conference Concerns

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reid_boehner_whisper_APHouse speaker John Boehner continues to insist that he won’t allow a vote on an immigration-reform bill that doesn’t have the support of a majority of the House GOP caucus. He recently extended that pledge to include any bill that might result from a conference committee — an official, bicameral negotiation that typically occurs when each chamber has passed legislation on the same issue. But opponents of the Senate-passed Gang of Eight bill are still skeptical. “We aren’t concerned about what passes the House, the concern is what passes out of conference,” a conservative GOP aide tells National Review Online. “Once you to go to conference, you lose control of the situation.”

There’s worry among conservatives outside the Capitol, too: Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder of Tea Party Patriots, says she thinks that “if the House passes anything and it goes to conference, it will come out of conference, and it will be the Senate bill.”

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