On Monday, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, one of the foremost supporters of amnesty and a potential 2016 presidential candidate, predicted a comprehensive immigration reform bill would pass next year and said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) was committed to such a bill.
According to Politico, Bush, speaking in New York City at the 92nd St. Y, reportedly said Boehner is “totally committed,” and predicted Congress would pass a “comprehensive” bill “in the spring.”
He also reportedly said the “comprehensive bill” would be a “stripped-down version” of the Senate bill.
Though Boehner and other Republican leaders have said they will not go to conference on the exact Senate bill, which the Congressional Budget Office determined would lower the wages of working class Americans, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has said that a pathway to citizenship had to be a “fundamental principle” of any immigration reform bill in Congress. In addition, proponents and opponents of a pathway to citizenship have indicated that provision would be in whatever bill comes out of conference should the House and Senate get there, which the House could do with various piecemeal bills. The Senate passed its immigration bill earlier this year.
Bush’s timetable is consistent with the one McCain recently floated. McCain recently said supporters of comprehensive immigration reform would try to make one final push for bill after the Republican primaries were over next year.