Sunday, November 10, 2013

GOP Leadership: Time Running Out for 2013 Immigration Reform, Setting Sights on 2014

Posted By on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Following ten months of failed attempts to jump-start comprehensive immigration reform on Capitol Hill, a top Republican lawmaker says the biggest foe can't be stopped: Congress is simply running out of time.

In late October, a delegation of Idaho business owners, faith leaders and immigration advocates, joined hundreds of other businessmen and women to take their push for reform to the halls of Congress. Included in the lobbying effort were representatives from Idaho's El Centro USA,, Idaho Dairymen and the Idaho Potato Commission.

But The New York Times reports that California Rep. Kevin MCarthy, the U.S. House majority whip, said that "the 16 days remaining on the House calendar in 2013 were too short a window for the House to take up the complex issue."

But McCarthy was quick to add that he was committed to moving on immigration votes in the House during 2014.

Meanwhile another U.S. House Republican said he's not discouraged. Florida Republican Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart said he's working on a measure that immigration reform will include a strengthening of border security, while allowing 11.7 million undocumented immigrants into the country. Diaz-Balart told The Times that he's working on attracting at least 117 Republican votes—a majority of the GOP caucus.

"I'm as optimistic as I've ever been about the chance of getting this done in this Congress," he said.

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