Sen. Menendez: Boehner 'Abusing' Power by Not Bringing Immigration Bill for a Vote

By Craig Millward | June 30, 2014 | 1:27 PM EDT

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) (AP photo)

( - At a press conference last week Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) said House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) was "abusing" his power by not allowing the Senate's Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill up for a vote.

"Here's the abuse. The abuse is not giving the American people by their virtue of their representatives in the House of Representatives an opportunity to cast a vote and declare a position on immigration reform. That's the abuse, and the speaker, who has the power to allow such a vote to take place or not, has been abusing that power by virtue of not giving the American people a shot," Menendez said.

Menendez was responding to a question on whether or not the president would be abusing his power by acting on immigration reform through executive order if immigration reform can't get through the House.

Joined with other Democratic members of the House and Senate, including: Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), and Reps. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), Judy Chu (D-Calif.), Joe Garcia (D-Fla.), and Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas).

Schumer also responded by saying, "Speaker Boehner has a very good antidote to what he fears: put a bill on the floor."

Schumer later continued, "The president has no choice, and we've made it clear to our Republican colleagues both publicly and privately. If they don't bring any bill to the floor, the president has no choice on a humanitarian basis and on a policy basis to act where he can on his own."

Boehner announced last week a lawsuit against the president for exceeding his authority and failing to faithfully execute the law of the land.