PHOENIX -- With the Senate passing a monumental immigration bill Thursday the proposal now shifts to the House where Republican Congressman Paul Gosar said, “There’s no way in hell I’m voting for that bill.”
Speaking about an hour after the Senate passed a measure that spends billions to bolster border security and carve out a lengthy pathway to citizenship, Gosar said he would urge House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) not to bring the bill to a vote.
Gosar is one of four Republicans in Arizona’s congressional delegation. His opposition to the proposal puts him at odds with Republican Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain who were part of the so-called “Gang of Eight” that led the immigration efforts in the upper chamber.
“I don’t share their views on immigration,” Gosar said of Arizona’s two senators.
The vote count on bill was 68-32 with 14 Republicans crossing over to join every Democrat and Independent.
This caps months of contentious political wrangling in the Senate over a 1,200 page bill that adds 20,000 agents to the U.S.-Mexico border and offers a 13-year pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants living here illegally