A House Democrat seeking to forge an immigration deal warned Sunday that Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFrom learning on his feet to policy director Is Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush MORE’s (R-Ohio) pledge to only move a bill that a majority of his conference supports could create a “stalemate.”

The Speaker of the House now has to decide whether or not he is going to allow the American people to speak,” said Rep. Luis GutierrezLuis Vicente GutierrezDemocrats rally behind incumbents as Lipinski takes liberal fire Dem leader says party can include abortion opponents DHS to make migrants wait in Mexico while asylum claims processed MORE (D-Ill.) on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

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“There are a majority of Democrats and Republicans that are ready to solve this problem,” he said. “Will he allow a small group – maybe even a majority of his caucus – to control the debate and the future on this issue? If he decides to do that, we will then end in a stalemate and an impasse once again,” he said.

Gutierrez is part of a bipartisan House group seeking to craft an immigration bill

The Senate passed a wide-ranging bill last week with 14 Republicans joining Democrats to advance a measure which includes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and tougher border security.

BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFrom learning on his feet to policy director Is Congress retrievable? Boehner reveals portrait done by George W. Bush MORE has said the House will only move an immigration plan that a majority of the chamber’s Republicans back.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.), speaking on the same show, said he did not think immigration reform would die in the House, and defended the “step by step” approach House Republicans are taking.

“I think the Speaker wants to solve this problem, he wants to do it methodically, where we examine each of these issues separately, and we are doing that, then he wants to find something that can pass the House,” he said, arguing that ideally a measure can be crafted that wins majorities in both parties.

Goodlatte criticized the Senate-passed bill, arguing it errs by giving undocumented residents legal status before it solves border security and other problems.