Newly elected House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy hasn’t started his new job yet, but he’s already feeling the pressure of being the top guy in the House (photo from Ray from LA).
The Daily Caller reports that Asian American Pacific Islander and Latino leaders are increasing the pressure for a vote on immigration reform.
McCarthy who represents Bakersfield in California is on the record as supporting a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.
But his predecessor Eric Cantor recently lost to a Tea Party candidate in his home state of Virginia largely because the Tea Party framed Cantor as someone who would give in to Democrats on immigration.
“With his ascension up the House GOP leadership ladder, McCarthy now has an opportunity to lead his party’s conference toward a broad, pragmatic solution favored by a majority of voters across the U.S. and in his district,” the groups said.
The statement continued: “The new Majority Leader can either schedule a House floor vote on workable immigration reform or he can kill the best chance in decades to fix the immigration system and miss a big opportunity to work with Latino, AAPI, and immigrant communities. Our communities and our country need a response now.”