Reid, Schumer Encouraged by Boehner’s Immigration Push

Posted January 16, 2014 at 4:29pm

Key Senate Democrats on Thursday were pleased to hear that Speaker John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, continues to push for an immigration overhaul.

After a news conference, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., praised the possibility of action in the House overhauling immigration laws, but he didn’t comment on the expectation that the House’s legislation would provide legal status for illegal immigrants but not have a pathway to citizenship.

“Any movement I like,” Reid said, adding “it’s way too early” to say if Democrats would back the bill.

“I am happy [the House] is doing something,” Reid said.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., who helped draft the Senate immigration bill, said he didn’t want to comment on specifics of the possible proposal, but praised the fact there may be action.

“I am glad they are doing something,” Schumer said. “We have not said they have to do our way, a big large bill … they want to do it in pieces. But I remind you that they will need Democrats to pass any of their bills. So that is good because the more bipartisanship you need to move anything the better things will be in the House.”