3 Things Blocking Immigration Reform in the House

The House has its own bipartisan Gang of Eight, which has been meeting on and off for nearly four years to craft a comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The group of four Democrats and four Republicans announced they had reached a deal in principle last week. But that pronouncement now appears to have been made prematurely.

Politico reports that lawmakers agreed on a compromise over whether immigrants applying for citizenship should receive government-subsidized healthcare. But other significant issues remain unresolved, like provisions around border-security.

If the group is unable to agree on a comprehensive proposal, that could lead to a flood of bills that deal with immigration issues on a piecemeal basis. Some House Republicans prefer to tackle immigration issue-by-issue, but Senate leaders have called that approach a non-starter, fearing that a pathway to citizenship -- crucial for Democrats -- could be left aside.

Theoretically, the Senate bill could be reconciled with a series of House bills. But judging by the level of dysfunction in Congress, that approach would have a slim chance of succeeding.

Boehner may have summed it up best on Thursday, when he spoke to reporters at his weekly press conference.

"The House will work its will," he said. "Don't ask me how because if I knew I'd certainly tell you."

  • 1
  • |
  • 2
Join the Discussion
You are using an outdated version of Internet Explorer. Please click here to upgrade your browser in order to comment.
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...
See It, Share It
PHOTO: Paul Curry reacts as a jury declares him guilty of murder in the 1994 death of his wife, Sept. 30, 2014.
Joshua Sudock/The Orange County Register/AP Photo
Misty Gage/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest
PHOTO: Molly Sims poses backstage at the Herve Leger By Max Azria fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at The Theatre at Lincoln Center, Sept. 6, 2014, in New York.
Michael Loccisano/Getty Images
Bill Murray Goes Golfing
Richard Heathcote/Getty Images