Washington (CNN) – House Speaker John Boehner insisted Thursday that immigration reform was "absolutely not" dead – just a little over a week after declaring he had "no intention" of negotiating with the Democratic led Senate over its comprehensive immigration proposal.
Boehner told reporters at his weekly press conference he was "encouraged" by President Barack Obama's comments earlier this week saying he was open to the House GOP's plans to address immigration reforms in a series of smaller bills.
The President, speaking to a group of CEOs on Tuesday, said of House Republicans, "They're suspicious of comprehensive bills, but if they want to chop that thing up into five pieces, as long as all five pieces get done, I don't care what it looks like as long as it's actually delivering on those core values that we talk about."
But Boehner declined to answer a question on when the House would vote on any of the piecemeal GOP immigration measures. A Boehner aide told CNN, "he didn't make any specific announcement on timing."
The House of Representatives is scheduled to be in session just eight more days before the end of the year, and aides from both parties do not expect the House to hold any votes until next year.
Even before the President stated he could accept moving reform in pieces, House Democratic leaders said as long as the Republican controlled House moved some type of immigration bill they believed larger negotiations could start. But Boehner's spokesman said the Speaker's opposition to discussing the Senate passed bill still stands.
That Senate measure, passed in June with some GOP support, includes an eventual pathway to citizenship for most of the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.
A group of immigration reform supporters is staging a fast on the National Mall not far from the Capitol that has lasted over a week to urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform now. House Democratic leaders invited five of those protesting to address some of their members Thursday morning, before the House leaves for another extended recess for the Thanksgiving holiday.
"We believe our Republican colleagues should hear the message 'let's act now.' It is good for the economy," House Democratic Caucus Chairman Xavier Becerra said.
Bring it to a vote. They just do nothing but complain. Most worthless House in history.
@just saying: "enough of the lawlessness an d the democrats that support and encourage it. vote them all out in 2014 and support your country, not the illegal invasion of it."
LOL Your saint Reagan was the one who granted amnesty for illegal aliens at the behest of Big Agra. And your beef is with all the cheapskate Americans who fired their legal resident workers so they could hire illegals, pay them dirt wages, offer no benefits and have the hammer of deportation to get them to do whatever they want.
I'm willing to wager that if you were to check the political affiliation of the majority of these American companies and individuals who hire illegals, you'd find a big, red "R" next to their names.
Oops! Should be "just asking" instead of "just saying." You tend to spew statements instead of posing questions ... my bad.
Repubs. must be loco in the cabanas to oppose Immigration.
If immigration 'reform' goes as well as Obamacare, we need to go ahead and fly a Mexican flag over the "Casa Blanca".
Boehner, you lie!
Well, so much for the vaunted GOP promises to reach out to minority voters. Kind of reminds you of " Jobs, jobs, jobs" 3 years ago when the Tea Party was born in an astroturf delivery room on K Street.
Wow. There are less conservatives here than on the article about the women who was helped by Obamacare.
Tan Man doesn't have teh guts to stand up to the Tealiban....
how is it fair to all the immigrants who came here and got their citizenship legally? they worked hard to get their right to be called an American citizen... now we're just going to hand it to 11 million illegals who had no regard for our laws? if others could work to get citizenship why havent they? is this another bill we're going to be picking up the tab for?
i agree. focus like a laser beam on 2014 and obamacare and get as many democrats out of office as possible in order to repeal this nightmare that the democrats insist on ramming down our throats. stick to this and don't go chasing the usual bs red herrings the leftists will throw out there as they usually do. bring every question back to the democrats economic and healthcare failures and ask if we can endure any more of them.
Yes, a few more shutdowns and cocaine arrests, and the Democrats won't have to run any ads. Just keep up with the worthless, destructive comments and utter lack of solutions and idea that have proven such a winning combination: do you actually have solutions and the means to reach them, or just a bunch of catchy slogans that were jotted down on a napkin somewhere?