Pressure increases on immigration reform - The Packer

Pressure increases on immigration reform

10/31/2013 05:13:00 PM
Tom Karst

“We’re working with both sides, and we’re doing as much as we can to keep the pressure on the House of Representatives to bring something to the floor so we can start debating on immigration reform.,” Guenther said Oct. 31.

Boswell said Oct. 31 that Farm Bureau is still hopeful that House leadership will bring immigration legislation passed out of committee to the floor.

“Everyone is grappling with getting to the magical number of 218,” she said.

Some House Republicans don’t want to go to conference with the Senate’s bill and therefore don’t want any action on immigration legislation, she said. Meanwhile, House Democrats are uncomfortable with the “piece by piece” approach of House Republicans because they aren’t confident that Republicans want to handle all the immigration issues other than just enforcement provisions.

“It’s definitely a tricky climate right now,” Boswell said. “With only 17 working days left in the year, the odds of it happening in this calendar year are getting bleaker and bleaker by the day,” she said.

However, Boswell said sufficient bipartisan support for the piece by piece approach could mean that immigration reform efforts continue into early next year.

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