Hispanic Caucus Warns Obama On Immigration Language In Health Care Bill

Roll Call is reporting (sub. req.) this morning that Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairwoman Nydia Velázquez (D-NY) is unhappy with potential language about illegal immigrants not being covered under the health care plan.

The newspaper reports Velázquez warned President Obama yesterday that 20 members of her caucus will vote against the final bill if that language is included.

In their current forms, the Senate version of the bill blocks illegal immigrants from getting coverage, the House bill does not.

“He listened to us and he knows where we stand,” Velazquez said, according to Roll Call. “We made it very clear that we support the language that is in the House. We expect that the current language will not change.”

We’ve checked in with her office and with the White House and will update readers when we know where this stands.Ed. note: This posted has been edited.

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