Sen. Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeMcConnell quashes Senate effort on guns Bipartisan gun measure survives test vote Senate Republicans may defy NRA on guns MORE (R-Ariz.) said Friday he is encouraged by Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerIf 'bipartisanship' is now a dirty word, how about a rebranding? Cameras go dark during House Democrats' sit-in Rubio flies with Obama on Air Force One to Orlando MORE's (R-Ohio) efforts on immigration reform.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) April 25, 2014
Encouraged by @SpeakerBoehner's efforts to bring immigration reform legislation to the House floor.
Flake, a member of the "Gang of Eight" in the Senate, helped steer a comprehensive immigration reform proposal to passage in the upper chamber last year. And he has been increasingly vocal in pushing for immigration reform on social media in the past week.
On Tuesday, Flake applauded former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) for "having the guts" to say that some illegal border crossings are an "act of love” and said he agreed with the former governor.
On Thursday in Ohio, BoehnerJohn BoehnerIf 'bipartisanship' is now a dirty word, how about a rebranding? Cameras go dark during House Democrats' sit-in Rubio flies with Obama on Air Force One to Orlando MORE poked fun at Republicans who do not want to move forward on immigration reform, saying they have chosen the path of least resistance.
"Here's the attitude. 'Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,' " Boehner said in a mocking voice.
House leaders outlined a set of immigration principles earlier this year that planned a path to legalization for immigrants living in the country illegally. However, leaders have opposed taking up the comprehensive Senate bill and have argued for a more piecemeal approach.