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Washington D.C. - The Iowa Republican who dethroned Congressman Greg Kilili Sablan’s key NMI immigration bill last year, is in danger of being dethroned, himself.
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5 term Republican and founding Tea Party member Steve King claimed credit last December for single handedly blocking Congressman Sablan’s signature bill to allow thousands who’ve lived in the NMI legally for decades, to stay in the Commonwealth.
“They understood, if I called for a recorded vote on the bill, that it was likely to fail on the floor of the House of Representatives and since I committed to calling for a recorded vote, they didn’t want to risk the bill by putting it up and seeing it voted down.”
But now, King himself, is threatened by a big-name Democrat in a contest expected to attract millions of dollars in campaign attack ads.
King faces former Iowa first lady Christie Vilsack wife of 2-term Governor and now AG Secretary Tom Vilsack in the race for a newly drawn and more Democratic, 4th Congressional District.
King relishes the challenge.
He summarily shot down Congressman Sablan’s immigration bill, after two full-panel chairs skirted the jurisdiction of King’s subcommittee.“This was an immigration issue, that in my view, should have come through the Immigration Committee, which is a Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee. I’ve served on that Committee for 9 years. I don’t remember immigration policy circumventing the Immigration Committee.”
King says had the bill come before his Subcommittee, he would have opposed it as a bad precedent for immigration policy in the states, which he says is why he blocked the bill just before its expected passage by voice vote on the House floor.
Sablan’s office says “Active talks continue” with King’s staff. But there’s been little if any apparent progress in those discussions, now four-months into an election-year when Steve King may see the first real challenge for his seat in many years.
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