The owner of News Corp and Fox News Channel has voiced his support for Harry Reid’s charge that Boehner show allow the House to vote on the Senate’s comprehensive immigration reform:
POLITICO – News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch has endorsed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s call for a congressional vote on the immigration reform bill, via Twitter.
“Sen Reid right! Boehner should allow House of Reps to vote on immigration. Lead, for country’s sake,” the 82-year-old conservative media mogul wrote in a tweet that was retweeted by Sen. Reid on Sunday.
This is not the first time Murdoch has expressed his support for immigration reform: Murdoch pushed Mitt Romney to fight for it during the 2012 election and, following his loss, expressed his support for “sweeping, generous immigration reform” on Twitter. But this may be the first time Murdoch has expressed public support for Sen. Reid and put direct pressure on House Speaker John Boehner to address the issue.
On “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Reid said that if Boehner were to allow a House vote it would pass “overwhelmingly”
“They will act. They have to,” Reid said. “This is something that the vast, vast majority of Republicans, Democrats and independents support, and John Boehner should let the House vote. That’s all he has to do. If the House voted, it would pass overwhelmingly.”