Boehner Reaffirms Commitment to Immigration Reform
House Speaker John Boehner recently said he would not support negotiating with the Senate on its comprehensive immigration reform bill - but that doesn't mean immigration reform is dead. At least that's what he told reporters last week (week of November 18). Boehner said his chamber is still working on the issue and reaffirmed his commitment to enacting reform. Because of the importance of the issue -he said there are a lot of private conversations underway to try to figure out how to best move on a common-sense, step-by-step basis to address the issue. Boehner said he was encouraged that the President had more fully embraced the legislative strategy House Republicans prefer on immigration reform. They want do take a piecemeal approach - meaning they would reform parts of the immigration system with multiple bills. Boehner said the American people are skeptical of big, comprehensive bills. He said the only way to make sure immigration reform works this time is to address the complicated issues one step at a time. Boehner believes that will give the American people confidence that Congress is dealing with these issues in a thoughtful, deliberative way.
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