Klobuchar to House: Pass immigration reform

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs EpiPen maker to pay 5M to settle overcharging case MORE (D-Minn.) called on the House to pass comprehensive immigration reform in order to boost the economy.

“The House of Representatives should take up comprehensive immigration reform,” Klobuchar said wrote in a Sunday op-ed for The Guardian. “While we allow unlimited visas for pro hockey players, we severely limit visas for engineers, doctors and their spouses. The House of Representatives needs to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

The Senate passed bipartisan immigration reform last year, which increased visas, but the House has refused to act on the legislation. If the House doesn’t take up the bill by the end of the year, the Senate will have to start the process over again.

Klobuchar, who serves as chairwoman of the Joint Economic Committee, also said Congress should work on tax reform and a long-term extension of the Export-Import Bank.

“Those who have spent the last several years playing politics have a choice: they can continue their political games, or join me and other members of both parties who want to work on policies that will expand our economy and keep our country moving forward,” she said.