Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell predicted today that immigration reform will not get done in 2014, saying the House and Senate are too far apart on how to approach legislation.
“I think we have sort of an irresolvable conflict here,” McConnell told reporters. “The Senate insists on comprehensive and the House says it won’t go to conference with the Senate on comprehensive and wants to look at it step-by-step. ”
“I don’t see how you get to an outcome this year with the two bodies in such a different place,” he added.
McConnell’s prediction comes days after House Republican leadership introduced a draft of its immigration principles, which would provide undocumented immigrants a path to legalization, but not a path to citizenship.
President Obama has said he does not want to pre-judge the House GOP’s potential proposal, giving them room to craft their principles. But the president said he still wants to ensure any immigration reform allows people to become citizens.
“We should also make sure at the end of the day people are also able to become citizens,” the president said Friday.