“After the way the president acted over the last two or three weeks where he would refuse to talk to the speaker of the House … they’re not going to get immigration reform. It’s done,” Labrador said, walking off the House floor Wednesday night after voting against the measure to open the government and increase the
President Obama said Thursday morning that with the shutdown fight over, he wants
The Senate passed a broad immigration overhaul bill in June with the votes of every Democrat in the chamber and 15 of its Republicans. But Boehner has refused to bring the bill to a vote on the House floor because it is unlikely to receive the support of the majority of GOP House members.
House Republicans have long said they want to pass a series of bills that overhaul different parts of the immigration system. The
But none of them have been brought to the floor for a vote.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) has been working with a handful of fellow Republicans to craft a bill that would increase border security and clear a way for immigrants in the country illegally to apply for legal status. He said that this bill has a chance of passing the House, if it is included in a raft of bills that fix different parts of the immigration system.
"There's a lot of folks here who have been working and feel cautiously optimistic," Diaz-Balart said of the immigration effort in the House, after Wednesday night's vote to end the budget impasse.
"I wouldn't be spending this much time, this much effort, if I didn't think we had a chance to get it done," Diaz-Balart said.
"I'm a guy who is pretty reasonable on that issue, and I think we can find common ground. But they didn't try to find common ground here," Stivers said after Wednesday's House vote on the debt limit. "And it doesn't bode well for whatever the next chapter is, unfortunately," Strivers said.