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House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) apparently sees his role as more of a facilitator than a leader.Asked repeatedly if he favors a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal aliens, Boehner told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that his job is not to take a stand, but to let the House “work its will.””My job in this — in this process is to facilitate a discussion and to facilitate a process so the American people can see what we’re doing and so the members understand that we’re dealing with this in a deliberative way,” Boehner said.Pressed repeatedly on whether he personally favors a pathway to citizenship, Boehner demurred:

“[P]eople have been trying to get me to do this since the day after the election,” Boehner said.

“Well, you’re the leader of the Republicans,” Schieffer responded.

Boehner said he’s made it clear that Congress needs to do something about immigration.

But, he added, “It’s not about me. It’s not about what I want. What I’m — what I’ve committed to when I became speaker was to a more open and fair process. And as difficult as this issue is, me taking a hard position for or against some of these issues will make it harder for us to get a bill.

“If I come out and say I’m for this and I’m for that, all I’m doing is making my job harder. My job is to — as the leader of the House, is to facilitate this conversation and this process that involves members on both sides of the aisle, involves the American people and where they can see us moving in a deliberative, step-by-step, commonsense way.

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