Reporters don’t correct Coffman’s assertion that Reid blocked GOP immigration bills

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CORRECTION: At least two immigration-related bills cleared the GOP-controlled U.S. House this session, so I erred below in writing that none did. One responded to the crisis created by the young migrants crossing the border. It would have boosted border security, legal processing, and support. Another would have provided more visas for immigrant students with math and science skills and reduced the number of visas for other immigrants. Sorry for the mistake.

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), left, with anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King (R-IA).

Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), left, with anti-immigrant Rep. Steve King (R-IA).

It's tough to fact-check an entire debate, if you're an increasingly lonely reporter at a shrinking news outlet, but a reporter somewhere should have corrected Rep. Mike Coffman's assertion, in his debate last week against Democrat Andrew Romanoff, that immigration bills cleared the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

In explaining his opposition to a bipartisan immigration bill passed by the U.S. Senate, Coffman said (@21:45):

“I think both parties have it wrong right now. I think on the left it's, unless we get everything, then nothing will move. And in fact, individual bills have moved over to the Senate. And Harry Reid would not take it up because it was not quote-unquote comprehensive. And then on my side of the aisle, you know, we've got to get moving. And I've worked with my folks on the Republican side to get them moving. And so I think there's got to be a middle path. And that middle path is a step-by-step approach.” [BigMedia emphasis]

Coffman would have had a complete and total brain freeze if he'd tried to remember how he voted on these immigration "bills," because they don't exist.

He'd have been wrong even if he'd said a singular immigration bill cleared the U.S. House. But he said "bills" plural, multiplying his apparent mistake.

A phone call to Coffman's spokesman, Tyler Sandberg, seeking clarification was not immediately returned.

So we're forced to speculate that possibly Coffman was referring to a bill that would have stopped undocumented immigrants from accessing the child tax credit. But no reasonable person would call this immigration reform.

And Coffman opposed the bill that would have overturned President Obama's order allowing young undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation. So presumably, Coffman wouldn't want Sen. Reid to push this bill through the Senate.

Coffman himself made a big deal a year ago about supporting "comprehensive" immigration reform, but now he's calling for a step-by-step approach. But he has yet to define, in any meaningful and specific way, the legislation or steps he supports to reform immigration.

Romanoff, who supports the Senate immigration bill, said as much during the debate, when he pointed out that Coffman's "step-by-step" won't work if steps aren't taken.

The Senate took a big bi-partisan step. Coffman says the House has taken steps too. What are they? And if I'm right and they don't exist, what should the steps be, Mike? What steps were you imagining?

7 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. DawnPatrol says:

    "Facts are hard. Research sucks. Context blows. Where's the bar? How many Twitter followers do I have now?" — Almost every worthless Villager political "reporter" in 2014

  2. FrankUnderwood says:

    Ahh, there's our Cong. Mike Coffman basking in the glow of his proximity to Rep. Steve "Cantaloupe Calves" King back in the day.  When we last saw King, Rand Paul was literally dropping his lunch and bolting as a Dreamer asked King a question.

  3. BlueCatBlueCat says:

    Think you mean just plain "single". Aside fom that, you'd think a political reporter would have been assigned somewhere by someone and any political reporter shouldn't have much trouble keeping track of the zero number of bills on this matter clearing the House.

    Let me save Modster the trouble. Calling Coffman out on not knowing what goes on in the House or whether or not he voted on stuff and instead blaming a Dem for something that never happened is all nit picking. He's a terrific Rep and sharp as a tack. Now Modster doesn't have to bother.

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    Thing is, I'm not sure there's a single Coffman voter who cares one whit whether he knows anything at all about what he's saying . . . 

    . . . do you want some pointy egghead, or do you want a Congressman???

  5. ZappateroZappatero says:

    The "both sides do it" dodge is the perfect answer and shows Coffman is not as dumb as he looks. 

    Senator Michael Bennet has frequently, tritely and wrongly, said "both sides do it" and numbers of voters will agree with them both.

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