Washington (CNN) - A bipartisan group of senators is scrambling to reach a fresh compromise they hope can propel a proposal to overhaul U.S. immigration policy toward passage in that chamber and provide momentum heading into the Republican-controlled House.
A deal remained elusive, however, on Tuesday evening and it was uncertain whether the stark differences that have stalled immigration reform for years in Congress could be bridged with time running out on debate.
This is a CHOICE by the GOP/Teatrolls to obey what is called the "Hastert Rule," which says that no legislation shall be brought to the floor while the GOP has the majority unless it has majority GOP support. It is a CHOICE, not a requirement, not a practical reality and not a legal impediment to passing legislation. It is a CHOICE to forgo passing legislation that can obtain the overall majority of the House votes unless the GOP can claim complete ownership over it and its ideological underpinnings.