And anyway: what else are House Republicans planning to bring to the floor in October (or, for that matter, in September. Or November. Or December)? Oh, I’m sure they will stage quite a few votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But other than that, and whatever government funding they don’t get to in September, it’s not as if there’s a big Republican agenda to get to.
Nor is it actually true that the small number of planned legislative days over the next few months are somehow set in stone. If there’s something new on the legislative calendar, Republicans can always schedule a few more days. It’s not as if Congress has never done that.
What this is really about is looking for excuses, even far-fetched ones, for why they’re not doing comprehensive immigration reform without actually admitting that they’re against comprehensive immigration reform.
It’s not going to wash. Republicans don’t have to actually vote in favor of a bill, but if they refuse to allow it to be considered (and, therefore, to pass over their objections with a coalition of mostly Democratic votes), then the groups who want a bill are going to blame Republicans, and John Boehner, for it.
It remains very simple. If most mainstream conservative Republicans in the House want comprehensive immigration reform to pass, it will pass. If they don’t, it won’t. It really is that simple. Anything else you hear is poor analysis or spin.