As published on the Huffington Post:
An effort by a bipartisan House group to create a comprehensive immigration reform bill has stalled, group member Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said Friday, and likely won’t produce any bill this fall, as two Republicans have dropped out of negotiations.
“The bipartisan group just wasn’t getting support from Republican House leadership,” Gutierrez told the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent. “It’s just not gonna happen now.”
The group of seven members had been working for years on comprehensive immigration reform that would, unlike most GOP proposals, include a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. It suffered a blow in June when Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho) dropped out over health care issues, but the remaining members continued to insist they were close to a deal. They announced they had agreed to key principles in May, but observers began to worry they wouldn’t release a bill at all when the process continued to drag on. It was never clear whether House GOP leadership would allow a vote on the group’s legislation, even if they were to introduce it.
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