No, he doesn’t.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Tuesday he feels “sorry” for House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) because of the conservative pushback he is facing on a raft of issues.
At his press conference, TPM asked Reid to respond to Boehner’s suggestion that the House will demand tough border triggers before the process of normalizing the status of undocumented immigrants begins — an idea the Senate broadly rejected.
“Speaker Boehner is trying to decide where he is. Pick an issue,” he said, citing matters such as the farm bill, post office and the budget resolution. “He has dissension in his own ranks. We know that.”
“Now immigration. He is saying the bipartisan bill that we have done — he is not going to touch that. Well, we’re going to continue to press,” Reid said. “The vast majority of the American people — Democrats, Republicans — support what we did. And they’re running ads — conservative organizations are running ads now saying, ‘Mr. Boehner, and Republicans, why won’t you do something about this?”
“So I guess I feel sorry for the Speaker.”