John Boehner Seems Ready to Fight the Tea Party on Immigration Reform

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 12: U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) answers questions during a press conference December 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. When asked during the press conference if he would press ultra-conservative groups to tone down their criticism of a pending budget deal, Boehner said "I don't care what they do." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Photo: Win McNamee/2013 Getty Images

The New York Times reports that the Republican Speaker of the House has committed to "step by step moves to revise immigration laws," which means he's preparing himself for another fight with the tea party in 2014 (just in case you didn't get that from the end-of-the-year press conference in which he said far-right groups have "lost all credibility.") Sources predict that the push to pass legislation in the House will likely happen early in the summer, when Republican lawmakers will no longer have to worry about more conservative primary challengers — and just in time for them to benefit from the goodwill a successful bill would bring from Latino voters during midterm elections.