David Plouffe: Immigration Reform Will Happen

But gun control will be a 'hard battle'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2013 1:05 PM CST

(Newser) – David Plouffe today sounded bullish on immigration reform, saying "there's no reason" that "it shouldn't pass," and adding, "this is the moment." He was less sure on gun control, Politico reports, saying "it is going to be a hard battle," but that there is "a very good opportunity." Looking ahead to his boss' nascent second term, he blasted congressional Republicans, saying that "the barrier to progress here is not the president. We need to see more Republicans in Congress willing to compromise, even on revenues." Elsewhere on the Sunday dial, as per Politico:

  • John Barrasso on gun control: Harry Reid "has six Democrats up for election in two years in states where the president received fewer than 42% of the votes. And he doesn't want his Democrats to have to choose between their own constituents and the president's positions," ergo, he won't bring a bill to the Senate floor.
  • Rick Santorum on immigration reform: "There's not a single Republican up on Capitol Hill who believes [Obama] wants to get it done. They all believe ... he will put [forward a] measure that the Republicans can't accept."
  • Sen. Roy Blunt on Obama: “You’ve got to legislate, and you’ve got to legislate realistically. You don’t control the entire congress. It takes three entities to get a bill passed into law and you’ve got to come up with something that can pass a Democratic Senate, a Republican House, and the White House can at the end of the day be for."

White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe talks about the averted government shutdown on FOX News Sunday in Washington Sunday, April 10, 2011.
White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe talks about the averted government shutdown on FOX News Sunday in Washington Sunday, April 10, 2011.   (AP Photo/FOX, Freddie Lee)
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