With House Republican leadership contemplating canceling a recess planned for the last week in September, their Democratic counterparts have urged them to keep the chamber in session to work on budget issues and passing a 2013 comprehensive immigration reform bill.
Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., gave lawmakers notice on Thursday that they may be on Capitol Hill the week of Sept. 23, which is currently scheduled as a constituent workweek. An announcement is expected next week.
But it looks like Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and her team are ready to discuss more than a possible government shutdown and the debt-ceiling deadline.
“Keep the House in session so that we can get our work done,” Pelosi said on Thursday. “And that is not just the work about the [continuing resolution] and the rest; it is work about immigration. We have to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
Republicans could bring the five immigration reform bills, resulting from a piecemeal approach, to the floor for a vote in October. However, they are yet to decide on how to proceed with the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country -- that is, whether to provide legal status or an eventual path to citizenship.
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Pelosi recently met with her Democratic colleagues to discuss overhauling the nation’s immigration system. The meeting was said to be “positive” and was mainly a “conversation about continuing to keep pressure on Republicans.”