Grassley predicts House will produce immigration bill he can vote for

Sen. Chuck Grassley (Iowa), the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Friday said he could support an immigration reform bill from the House if it secures the border.

Grassley, who voted against the immigration reform bill that passed the Senate last week, said he's more likely to support legislation from the House that adequately deals with border security.

"I hope that the House of Representatives — well, the reason that I voted against the [Senate] bill was because it didn't secure the border first," Grassley said Friday in an interview with Iowa's 1040 WHO radio station.

"But I think the House of Representatives is more for border security than the Senate is, and I think we'll get a bill out of the House that I think I can vote for, particularly if it does secure the border."

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The bill that passed the Senate offers a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living in the country illegally while doubling the number of Border Patrol agents. A number of top House lawmakers have criticized the Senate bill and declared it dead on arrival in their chamber.

Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said he would not bring an immigration bill to the House floor unless it's supported by a majority of House Republicans. The conference will meet on July 10 to discuss its legislative strategy.

Grassley was asked if it would be futile to support an immigration bill backed by House Republicans because of the likelihood that it would die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

"The House isn't going to be able to shove down the throats of the Senate any more than the Senate is going to shove its bill down the throat of the House of Representatives, so I think it's a matter of finding consensus," Grassley responded.