by Jacquelyn Alamia
On November 13, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) stated that he has no plans to participate in any House-Senate conference that would involve the Senate’s immigration bill (S.744), potentially dashing any remaining hopes for comprehensive immigration reform in this Congress. The Speaker had previously made clear that his chamber would not consider or pass the Senate’s bill, but had left open the possibility of a conference that would attempt to bridge gaps between House immigration legislation and S. 744.
Five incremental bills have already gone through the committee process in the House (H.R. 1772, H.R. 2131, H.R. 1773, H.R. 2278, H.R. 1417), but it is unlikely that any of these measures will see House floor action this year, given that there are very few legislative days left in the first session of the 113th Congress.
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