No Plans for House Immigration Vote
POLITICO has reported the House Republican leadership does not plan to hold a vote on immigration reform legislation before the end of the year. There are reportedly a number of reasons why immigration reform will not come up in the 19 days the House is scheduled to be in session before year's end. For one - sources say there's growing skepticism that the party's preferred piecemeal immigration bills could garner the support of all Republicans - which would be necessary if Democrats didn't lend their votes. Republican leadership also doesn't see anyone uniting around a single plan. There also seems to be a desire to stay out of a negotiating process with the Senate and a level of skepticism with the President. There's still a chance things could change. POLITICO notes Majority Leader Eric Cantor is eager to get something passed by the end of the year. Speaker John Boehner has publicly signaled he prefers to move forward this year on an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws. If there is significant Republican support and they can garner enough Democratic support on piecemeal bills - immigration reform could still move forward. For supporters - the big concern is that pushing immigration reform to 2014 - an election year - could make it even tougher to get legislation through the deeply divided Congress. Florida Representative Mario Diaz-Balart said every day that goes by makes it more difficult to get this issue solved.
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