Democrats have a new message for House Republicans who have been reluctant to take up a comprehensive immigration reform bill this year: Pass a bill in six weeks, or watch the White House take action on its own.
Four Senate Democratic leaders told reporters on Thursday they want House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to bring legislation to the floor “before the August break,” or else President Obama would begin taking executive action on immigration issues.
“Here is the bottom line,” Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said. “They have about a six-week window, from June 10 after the last Republican primary till the August recess. If they don’t pass immigration reform then, the president will have no choice but to act on his own.”
Democrats said they would not accept piecemeal legislation, either, despite Boehner’s promise to take up immigration reform in increments.
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