President Obama and his Democratic allies are using momentum from reopening government to renew their attempts to persuade House Republicans to support a comprehensive immigration reform bill by the end of the year.
“Let’s start the negotiations,” Obama said Thursday, speaking at the White House a day after Congress agreed on a plan to end the government shutdown and raise the debt limit. “But let’s not leave this problem to keep festering for another year or two years or three years.”
With Democrats convinced that they have the GOP on the defensive, the president cited the passage of an immigration bill, along with securing a long-term budget and a farm bill, as top priorities over the next three months. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) also place immigration atop the Democratic agenda for the remainder of the year.