Rep. Cantor: House Set to Take Up Immigration Reform

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Saturday, 06 Jul 2013 10:42 PM

By Todd Beamon

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The Republican-led House could start working on immigration reform legislation focused on border security next week, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told colleagues.

“The House may begin consideration of the border security measures that have been passed by the Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees and begin reviewing other immigration proposals,” the Virginia Republican wrote to fellow GOP members.

Cantor’s memo was first reported by Politico.

The Senate passed its comprehensive immigration reform bill on June 27, sending it to the House. The legislation has been steadily attacked by House Republicans as amnesty and for its lack of strong border-security measures.

“I look forward to our special conference on July 10th on how to fix . . . our broken immigration system,” Cantor wrote.

The feedback coming out of that session will determine how the House leadership moves on the immigration issue, Politico reports.

The House Homeland Security Committee unanimously passed a border-security bill in May.

The Judiciary Committee, which has taken up most of the immigration measures, passed legislation that would allow state and local authorities to enforce federal immigration laws.

Cantor said that the House would take up several other issues this month, including a revised farm bill and energy legislation.

And five spending bills — energy and water; defense; financial services; transportation and housing and urban development; and agriculture — could come to the House floor this month, Cantor said.

GOP legislators also will “consider options moving forward on Obamacare,” the Majority Leader said, in light of the White House’s decision this week to delay implementation of the employer mandate in the healthcare law.

“This month will show the American people that our agenda is about making life work, stopping government abuse, and providing opportunities to every citizen through a quality education and better job prospects,” Cantor wrote.

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