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Iowa Rep. Tries to Block Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- Iowa Congressman Steve King is considering a move to block immigration reform from passing Congress. In an interview with the National Review, the Iowa Republican has gathered enough Republican signatures to call for a "special conference." That's a closed-door session of the House Republican caucus. It's the same move that could trigger an unscheduled leadship election.
Rep. King told the National Review he has no plans to challenge Speaker of the House John Boehner for his seat. Instead, he wants a frank discussion with fellow Republicans to discuss the push to reform the nation's immigration policy.
King is opposed to any plan that would provide a pathway to citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants currently living in the United States.
Speaker Boehner, and a handful of Republicans, want to pass comprehensive immigration reform, that includes tightening border security, before the August recess. Now it appears King is leading the push among Republicans to stop that from happening.