Immigration Bill Killer Needs a New Home

Posted November 25, 2014 at 5:14pm

A House Republican aide who fancies himself the straw that broke a 2013 bipartisan immigration proposal’s back is hoping one of the conservatives coming to Congress next January could use a little help from a procedural whiz.  

(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)
(Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Per the plea circulated internally amongst GOP staffers, Art Harman, the legislative director most recently hitched to outgoing Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Texas, is hoping to extend his stay here in Washington.  

Although a short-timer — Harman first arrived on Capitol Hill just last year — the Stockman vet feels his particular skill set could be of use to a fellow rabble-rouser.  

“Congressman Stockman credits me with having killed the 2013 Senate amnesty bill by drafting and circulating a ‘blue-slip’ letter,” Harman crows in his introductory note. “I am very interested in finding a similar position where I may continue to effectively advance the conservative agenda for a Member or committee.”  

And it doesn’t sounds like he’s too picky about the next landing spot. “I am looking for a position as LD, Senior LA, Deputy Chief, committee staff or a similar position,” he suggests.  

We have no doubt some fresh faced tea partyer will reap the benefits of Harman’s self-proclaimed experience — “My policy specialties include foreign affairs, border security, national security, trade, transportation, and science/space/technology,” he trumpeted — in one way or another.  

Then again, Harman could just wait for his old boss to once again return, cicada-like, in 2029. An immigration overhaul should be HUGE by then.  

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