NRCC - Hodes' Border Security Bungle

How Long Will Hodes Block a Bipartisan Bill He Claims to Support?

Washington- Rep. Paul Hodes (NH-02) is caught in a tug of war on Capitol Hill between his liberal Democrat leaders and his constituents at home in New Hampshire.  Hodes' constituents are on the losing end of this battle, as their Congressman is siding with his party leaders to block a bipartisan immigration and border enforcement bill that he once claimed to support. 

A few short months ago, Paul Hodes became a cosponsor of the Secure America with Verification and Enforcement (SAVE) Act of 2007 – a bill introduced by a Democrat colleague.  Now that his Democrat leadership is strongly opposed to a discharge petition being circulated to bring this bill to an up-or-down vote, Hodes' support has dwindled to nothing more than political posturing on an issue that is critically important to New Hampshire voters. 
“Sources in the Democratic leadership said the majority leaders want to curtail Republican efforts to force a floor vote on an immigration enforcement bill…that would make E-Verify, a voluntary electronic employment verification program, mandatory for all U.S. employers within four years.”

“‘There is recognition that we maybe need to address this,’ said one Democratic leadership aide. ‘That is what we intend to do, to not allow this to spin out of our control and discharge it.’” (CongressDailyAM, 4/7/08)


“Paul Hodes is trying to have it both ways on the immigration issue,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain.  “Democrat leaders in Washington are working hard to block this bill, but if Paul Hodes is serious about securing our borders, he will stand up to his party leaders and sign the discharge petition.”

When Paul Hodes campaigned for Congress two years ago, he promised to put his constituents first, but it hasn’t taken him very long to abandon that pledge and side with his liberal Democrat leaders in Washington.  How long will Paul Hodes ignore the interests of his constituents in New Hampshire and stand in the way of real bipartisan immigration reform?