McCain Optimistic About Immigration Reform After Boehner’s New Hire

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), one of the lawmakers who helped craft the comprehensive immigration reform bill that passed in the Senate in June, on Saturday said he is still hopeful that the House will pass similar legislation.

“I’m still guardedly optimistic,” he told the Arizona Daily Star. “Frankly, I don’t think that the speaker would have hired Becky Tallent if he hadn’t been very interested in moving legislation. The question is how does he do it.”

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) earlier in December hired Rebecca Tallent, a former McCain staffer, to work on immigration policy, signaling the Speaker’s willingness to push for immigration reform.

Boehner has stated, however, that the House will not take up the Senate immigration bill.