House To Senate On Immigration: Your Move

Congressional Quarterly/Newscom

The immigration debate is suddenly front and center, and there are signals that the Senate might take up immigration reform in the relatively near future (even at the expense of an anticipated bipartisan deal on energy).

But that doesn’t mean you should count House Dems in on this one.A House aide e-mails TPM to say that “My boss was told in no uncertain terms from leadership that there is no way we’re doing Immigration reform this year. Just no way.”

Another senior Democratic adviser put the issue less starkly, telling TPM that “House members have put themselves out there taking votes on major issues first this year. It’s not that we can’t do it … we just want to see the Senate move first.”