Bipartisan U.S. House Group Has Tentative Immigration Agreement

Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:48 PM


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May 16 (Bloomberg) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. House members reached an “agreement in principle” on a comprehensive immigration-law revision and will start drafting legislation, said Texas Republican John Carter.

The group of eight lawmakers will prepare a measure to be introduced in the House, Carter and Florida Republican Mario Diaz-Balart told reporters today in Washington.

“We have an agreement in principle,” Carter said as he left a meeting with the others in the negotiating group. He and other lawmakers gave no details. Kentucky Democrat John Yarmuth also told reporters there was a tentative agreement.

The House measure will be different “in a lot of areas” than a separate Senate proposal, Diaz-Balart told reporters. He called the deal the first step in “a very difficult process.”

Earlier today, Carter said the lawmakers planned at today’s meeting to discuss one remaining issue: how President Barack Obama’s health-care law would cover 11 million undocumented immigrants now in the U.S.

Carter also said earlier today that the group was prepared to move forward with bipartisan legislation covering 95 percent of the issues they have been discussing for more than three years.

“Ninety-five percent of this bill” will be “totally bipartisan,” he told reporters.

--With assistance from Heidi Przybyla, Alan Bjerga, Chris Strohm, Kathleen Hunter and Laurie Asseo in Washington. Editors: Laurie Asseo, Jodi Schneider

To contact the reporters on this story: Roxana Tiron in Washington at; James Rowley in Washington at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jodi Schneider at

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