White House urges House to pass immigration reform

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“More than 100 days ago, the Senate passed a strong bipartisan immigration reform bill that would reduce the deficit by over $800 billion and create jobs,” Carney said. “House Democrats introduced a similar bill last week. It is time for House Republicans to put politics aside and join Democrats to fix our broken immigration system and make the economy stronger.”

The statement came after thousands rallied on the National Mall in support of immigration reform. Capitol Police arrested an estimated 200 protesters, including eight Democratic lawmakers over the demonstration.

“The enthusiastic demonstration of support for immigration reform this week has proven to Congress that the broad coalition behind commonsense solutions to our nation’s broken immigration laws is as strong as it has ever been,” Carney continued.

The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill over the summer, but Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has so far declined to bring any immigration reform bills to the and while the floor of the House for a vote.

Immigration reform has since been on the backburner as Washington’s fiscal battles culminated in a government shutdown.

“It’s time for the House of Representatives to reopen the government, pay their bills, and get back to the important work of moving the economy forward,” Carney said.