Californian is second Democrat to say budget package must include immigration reform

Californian is second Democrat to say budget package must include immigration reform
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California Rep. Lou CorreaJose (Lou) Luis CorreaThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Government shutdown fears increase as leaders dig in Drug companies on verge of sinking longtime Democratic priority Failed drug vote points to bigger challenges for Democrats MORE (D) has become the second House Democrat to say he will not vote for a budget reconciliation package unless Democrats include immigration reform provisions within it. 

"We must implement 'common sense' immigration reform to assure that these hard-working taxpayers are fully integrated into our economy. Our full economic recovery needs a strong workforce and a strong base of taxpayers,”  Correa said in a statement on Sunday.

“I will not support any budget reconciliation deal that continues to leave hard-working undocumented taxpayers in limbo. Anything less would be fiscally irresponsible.” 

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Rep. Jesús García (D-Ill.) was the first Democrat to say he would not back the budget package unless it included immigration reform, The Hill first reported.

Democrats have a slim majority in the House, and they cannot afford more than a handful of defections, giving each lawmaker leverage on the final package.

Democrats are exploring including immigration provisions in the package, though it is not clear they will meet Senate rules for what can be included in budget reconciliation. 

Earlier this year, the Senate parliamentarian ruled out including a $15 federal minimum wage in a similar bill.

The rules allow the package to avoid a filibuster, meaning Republicans cannot block the package if Democrats can stay unified around it.