Pelosi, with the president at a congressional picnic earlier this week, stopped short of endorsing his immigration bill.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – In an interview posted online Thursday afternoon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said she is “optimistic” that her Senate colleagues will be able to pass an immigration bill, with ultimate success depending upon what role the president takes in the process.
“I'm optimistic now that there's a chance that they will be able to get a bill out,” Pelosi said in an interview conducted on Wednesday by Jonathan Singer of the liberal blog MyDD.com. “It all depends on the leadership of the president. If he cares enough about it, which I believe he does, then the Senate will pass comprehensive, bipartisan immigration legislation.”
However, Pelosi did not offer an endorsement of the immigration bill, even if it manages to pass the Senate.
“We'll watch it very carefully to see what it is and see what we can do to either improve upon it or possibly reject it,” she said. “But again, it has to meet certain standards. We have our standards. We've put them out there. Secure our borders, workplace enforcement, protect our workers, non-exploitation of the people coming in and a path to legalization for the millions of people in the United States now.”
- CNN Associate Producer Peter Hamby