Reid: There Will Be 'Significant' Pressure on House on Immigration

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) told reporters Tuesday that he encouraged his Democratic cohorts in the Gang of Eight to push ahead with comprehensive immigration reform so that Speaker of the House John Boehner will be forced to play along. 

“I have talked to my four Democrats [on] the Gang of Eight, and I have told them, ‘Concentrate on the Senate. Don’t, at this stage, worry about what’s going to happen in the House," he said. "There’s going to be significant national pressure on the House to do something on immigration.”

Reid was responding to Boehner’s statements on Tuesday in which the House Speaker said he would not bring an immigration reform bill before the House without majority GOP support.

Some members of the GOP want to pass immigration reform in order to reach more Hispanic voters. Reid, commenting on the internal GOP squabbling and Boehner’s statements, intoned, “I’m only worried about what’s going to happen here, and I’m not going to say how I really feel about it.”

Reid said he would file cloture on the immigration bill in the Senate by Monday. He’s getting GOP support; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said on Sunday’s Meet the Press, “I think we are going to get plus 70 votes. I’ve never been more optimistic about it.”


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