Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) urged House Republicans to bring comprehensive immigration reform legislation to the House Floor during a colloquy with Majority Leader Eric Cantor yesterday. Below is an excerpt from the colloquy and a link to the video:
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House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer: “I would ... ask the Majority Leader whether or not there is any thought about bringing to the Floor before the end of the year the immigration bill. And I would yield to my friend for the purposes of a response.”
Majority Leader Eric Cantor: “Mr. Speaker, I thank the gentleman for yielding and would respond by saying that I think the gentleman knows both the Speaker and I have said that we are not going to consider the Senate bill because we object to the Senate bill, although we do want to make some progress in reforming our broken immigration system and there are plenty of bipartisan efforts under way and discussions between Members on both sides of the aisle to try and address what is broken about the immigration system. The committees are still working on this issue, and I expect us to move forward this year in trying to address reform and what is broken about our system. I yield back."
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer: “I thank the gentleman for that information, Mr. Speaker, and I would say that of course the Senate has passed a bill in an overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion on immigration [reform]. And if, in fact, we bring an immigration bill to the Floor, whether I vote for it or not and we move that bill through the House, that will give us an opportunity to do what my Republican friends, Mr. Speaker, have been talking about, negotiating, sitting down, talking, going to conference. I think that would be a step forward. We are very, on this side of the aisle, very, very strongly in favor of moving immigration reform.”