(CNN) – Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday he can't see an agreement on immigration reform happening this year, citing an "irresolvable conflict" between the U.S. Senate and House.
McConnell indicated the Democratic-controlled Senate's insistence on comprehensive legislation is at impossible odds with the House Republican majority's preferred piecemeal approach to immigration reform.
"I think we have an irresolvable conflict here. The Senate insists on comprehensive. The House says it won't go to conference with the Senate on comprehensive and wants to look at step-by-step," he told reporters after a meeting with the Senate Republican conference.
"I don't see how you get to an outcome this year with the two bodies in such a place."
House Republicans laid out last week a blueprint of immigration "standards," saying there "will be no special path to citizenship" for the country's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. The GOP principles call instead for a path to legalization, and only after those already in the country illegally get in the back of the line and the federal government continues to bolster border security.
The Kentucky Republican did not take a position on the GOP outline.
The Senate passed a comprehensive bill that included a path to citizenship last year, but the House has not taken up the measure.
The White House has said it's open to the House approach but the President warned in an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper against reform that creates "two classes of people" in the country.