(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) A new group of Congressional RINOs has been meeting with a group of allegedly moderate Democrats to help facilitate what they consider compromise on policies, including illegal immigration.
The alliance is a mashup of a Democrat cabal that boasts 98 members, is led by New Hampshire Rep. Annie Kuster, accounts for almost half of all party members and calls itself the New Democrat Coalition. The RINO herd, called the Republican Governance Group, has only 42 members, many from swing districts, and is led by Ohio Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio.
Together, the two bodies account for almost a third of Congressional members, and have been meeting to further the vaunted pathway to citizenship and other methods to sidetrack enforcement of illegal immigration law, among other policy issues.
The two groups hosted a joint meeting over Zoom earlier this week led by Apple CEO Tim Cook and focused on immigration, according to Axios. The meeting took place as the House was preparing a sweeping border security and illegal immigration bill. A GOP majority approved the bill on Thursday, as the Trump-era Title 42 policy was expiring and border states were bracing for chaos.
President Joe Biden has already vowed to veto the legislation if it reaches his desk, which reportedly would suit members of the New Democrat Coalition.
“The approach put forward in H.R. 2, the ‘Secure the Border Act,’ will not improve our immigration system,” the group claimed in a letter.
Kuster, the Democrat group’s chief, said the new new alliance with Republicans is not content with only attacking the issue of illegal immigration and is “starting to have conversations about [energy] permitting reform.”
The two organizations have produced similar policy task forces on fiscal responsibility, health care, border security and the debt ceiling. Axios reported that the similarities indicated the preparation of compromise legislation to pitch to their respective parties. To that end, the two groups have a happy hour mixer in the works.
Headline USA’s Mark Pellin contributed to this report