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A critical point on immigration

In an interview with The Hill, Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), the GOP leadership’s point man on immigration, said he would begin marking up his bills “in the not-too-distant future.”

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He would not make any commitment to broader immigration reform legislation that a bipartisan group of House negotiators is struggling to complete.

“No decision has been made about what we do with what’s produced by the Gang of Eight,” said Goodlatte. “For one thing, it hasn’t been produced, therefore we don’t know how popular it will be with various members of the House, and we also don’t know what it contains or how it will work with the [committee’s] plans.”

These comments are significant because Goodlatte he has not previously agreed to consider amendments and schedule a vote on his panel's immigration bills. They suggest GOP leaders are anxious to produce legislation to counter the Senate bill, which supporters will try to get the upper chamber to pass this month.

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