Letter: Boehner puts partisanship over much-needed reforms

Is John Boehner Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, or only speaker for the Republican majority, or (worse yet) only speaker for the tea party fringe?

There are enough votes in the House to pass comprehensive immigration reform as well as the extension of long-term unemployment benefits now — but Boehner refuses to bring them up for votes because he’s a hostage of the tea party.

Is this how our Founding Fathers intended our government to function? There’s no provision in the Constitution for such petty partisanship. In fact, George Washington — when stepping down as president — spoke movingly against party politics.

— Rick Wicks