by Tony Lee 14 Apr 2014, 10:48 AM PDT
The top Democrat who is leading the effort to help the party elect more members to Congress said he cares more about amnesty than the midterm elections.
Appearing on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley on Sunday, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said the midterm elections are taking a backseat to the amnesty legislation Democrats and establishment Republicans desperately want.
"We'd rather pass an immigration bill than worry about the election. We have got 190 Democrats ready to vote on a comprehensive immigration bill today," Israel said while also accusing Republicans of being racists for opposing Obama and amnesty. "We can do it today. And we know that not every Republican is going to agree with us on that. It passed the Senate with 67 bipartisan votes. All we need is 20 Republicans, just 20 to vote for that bill and it will be law and we don't have to have this debate anymore."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who also accused Republicans of being racists for opposing amnesty, said last week that she would rather pass amnesty legislation than become Speaker again.
“It’s the biggest thing that we can do, and that’s why I’ve said to the speaker, to the press, to these groups, I would rather pass [a] comprehensive immigration reform bill than win the elections in November,” Pelosi told Politico. “There’s nothing we could accomplish in winning that would be as big as passing immigration reform.”
The terrain is not favorable for Democrats in this year's midterm elections, especially because of President Barack Obama's unpopularity and the disastrous Obamacare rollout, but amnesty legislation would give Democrats more voters in the future and margin for error.