“Instead of asking Eric Cantor for a check, how about a bill?”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, May 19th 2014
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at 303-870-0448

DENVER: Learning today that Rep. Mike Coffman is staging a press event in Washington, D.C. to protest House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s decision to kill legislation to help undocumented students who join the military, ProgressNow Colorado, the state’s largest online progressive advocacy organization, demanded that Coffman explain his fundraiser with Cantor in Denver on the same day it was announced the ENLIST Act would not receive a vote.

“Mike Coffman’s hypocrisy apparently knows no bounds,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms. “Ordinary voters, who don’t get to share limousines and cocktails with the Speaker of the House, are depending on their representatives to speak for them. Instead of asking Majority Leader Eric Cantor for a check, how about a bill to help immigrant children who want to serve?”

On Friday, Coffman held a high-dollar fundraiser with House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor in Denver. [1] That same day, Cantor’s staff in Washington announced that the ENLIST Act, which Coffman has touted as evidence of his support for some small version of immigration reform, would not receive a vote–effectively killing it. [2] Coffman has already refused to support the Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill that passed with a bipartisan 68-32 vote last June.

“It’s been ten months since Mike Coffman told the Denver Post that the time for immigration reform is now,” said Runyon-Harms. “Apparently by ‘now,’ he meant ‘only when the cameras are rolling.’ It’s time to say it: Mike Coffman doesn’t care about immigration reform–comprehensive or otherwise. He only cares about keeping his job.”

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