House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., during an October news conference. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) (House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif. gestures as she speaks to reporters during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta))

Boehner’s immigration comments trigger reactions from reform advocates in Congress

House Speaker John Boehner’s declaration Wednesday morning that the House would not negotiate with the Senate on its comprehensive immigration reform bill drew some tough reaction from those who want to see the issue move forward.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., led with a tweet directed at Boehner’s comments to young immigrants that it’s “not easy, not going to be an easy path forward.”

Pelosi begged to differ: “Actually it is easy, @Speaker Boehner,” she said.

Fellow Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart of Florida issued a statement urging Boehner to “remain open to any options that allow us to solve this crucial issue.”

“I remain steadfast in the fact that the House needs to take up immigration reform,” Diaz-Balart said, saying he’ll continue to work with Republicans and Democrats on the issue.

He was one of originally eight and then seven House members from both parties who were trying to come up with a bipartisan immigration bill that GOP leadership would take to a vote. The group fell apart without releasing a final product.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, one of the eight senators who crafted that chambers’ sweeping immigration bill passed in June, labeled Boehner’s comments “the same kind of Republican obstructionism that led our government to shut down last month” and “insulting to every American who wants to see immigration reform.”

“Legislating requires cooperation and discussion,” Menendez said. “Refusing to even negotiate on this issue does not reflect the true intentions of the majority of the U.S. Congress of the American people.”

Boehner commented to a group of young children Wednesday morning that he is trying to get something done on immigration but declined later to name a timeframe when questioned by reporters and ruled out going to conference on the Senate bill.

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