Schumer: We'll Pass Immigration Bill by July 4

House GOP: Not so fast

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jun 2, 2013 11:35 AM CDT

(Newser) – Chuck Schumer says the Senate will pass the Gang of Eight's immigration bill by July Fourth, and thinks he'll have as many as 70 senators in the aye column. The measure is heading to the full Senate on June 10. But even if it passes there, it faces tough prospects in the Republican-led House, where lawmakers are at work on their own piecemeal approach. "We believe in a bipartisan way this is so vital for America, and we'll have a good bill," Schumer said.

Not so fast, House lawmakers cautioned. "That Senate bill is not going to move in the House," said Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla. House lawmakers have pledged to put together their own measure—likely taking components of the comprehensive Senate plan one at a time and adding their own priorities. "We think it's better to do it with a step-by-step approach," said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. "We'll continue down that path, but the final outcome in terms of the form of the legislation is not yet known."

Sen. Chuck Schumer confers with Sen. Amy Klobuchar as the Senate Judiciary Committee meets on immigration reform on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 9, 2013.
Sen. Chuck Schumer confers with Sen. Amy Klobuchar as the Senate Judiciary Committee meets on immigration reform on Capitol Hill, Thursday, May 9, 2013.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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