2014-04-29T145833Z_1990035874_GM1EA4T1RQQ01_RTRMADP_3_USA-CONGRESS

Boehner tries to quell Republican anger over immigration remarks

U.S. House Speaker John BoehnerBy Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker John Boehner tried to ease tensions with fellow Republican lawmakers on Tuesday after chiding them last week for their reluctance to pass an immigration reform bill. “You tease the ones you love, but some people misunderstood what I had to say and some members misunderstood,” Boehner said after a closed-door meeting with Republican House members. He was referring to comments he made at a Rotary Club luncheon in his Ohio district last Thursday, in which he described the attitude of other House Republicans on immigration reform as: “Don’t make me do this.” Some congressional aides and immigration reform advocates viewed those remarks as a possible signal of a renewed drive to pass an immigration bill in the House. But Republican House members emerging from Tuesday’s meeting said the speaker played down that prospect during the closed-door Republican meeting.

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