Brewer Declines Invite To Testify On AZ Immigration Law

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will likely turn down Sen. Chuck Schumer’s request to testify before his committee over Arizona’s controversial immigration law, according to her spokesman, Matthew Benson.

Benson told The Hill that Schumer’s invitation was nothing more than “a publicity stunt.” Benson was critical of Schumer’s timing given that the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case that same week.

In his letter to Brewer, Schumer said he “expect[ed]  that [Brewer] be eager to engage in a productive dialogue with the Congressional Committee responsible for acting upon any border security recommendations you provide.”

The Arizona governor, however, was not persuaded and will not likely grace Congress with her presence, her spokesman said.

“It doesn’t look like the most productive use of the governor’s time to attend the Senator’s hearing,” Benson said.

Schumer expressed frustration with the Arizona governor, saying in a statement that he hopes Brewer will reconsider.

“Governor Brewer has long said border security is one of the nation’s most pressing issues, so it is odd that she is unwilling to even come to Congress to defend her views,” Schumer said in a statement. “It makes you wonder whether there is genuine interest in finding real solutions to our broken immigration system.”

Tags: , , ,

About TRNS Washington Desk

View all posts by TRNS Washington Desk
TRNS Washington Desk
News updates from on and around Capitol Hill.

Click here for: Wednesday, October 22

● Court affirms cap-and-trade pollution plan

● Court lifts immigration bar to Brazilian chefs

● Physician aide draws 15-year term for fraud

● Where ideologues get the news

● FCC targets political robocalls

● San Francisco’s landlord tax is rebuked

LISTEN: The Day Ahead – October 21, 2014

The Day Ahead Logo

The last chance to catch Halley’s Comet for the next 47 years, the U.N. Security talks piracy in Somalia and Jimmy Choo lists on the London Stock Exchange.

LISTEN: The World in 2:00 – October 21, 2014

The World in 2:00 continents logo

London orders surveillance flights over Syria and Qatar earns a spot on the U.N.’s Human Rights Council.

UN in Brief: Calm & Conflict for October 21, 2014

UN Daily Brief Square

New aid deliveries arrive in West Africa, but the U.N.’s Ebola relief fund remains only 5% funded, and 15 countries win seats on the Human Rights Council.

NC Senate Race: Tillis To Appear Solo At Candidate Forum

Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan declined to appear at the event.

U.S. Olympic Committee CEO: Time Is Right For U.S. To Host

The United States should host another Olympic Games, as long as it makes economic sense, according to the US Olympic Committee CEO.