White House press secretary Jay Carney made clear Friday that President Obama would not sign an immigration bill unless it was comprehensive, a declaration made days after the president said he was open to a possible piecemeal approach.
“In the end, this has to be comprehensive,” Carney told reporters during the daily White House briefing.
“What the president will not sign is piecemeal legislation that only [affects individual provisions],” Obama’s top spokesman added.
House Republicans have said they will not take up the comprehensive immigration bill passed by the Senate in June. Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has said he will only move legislation that has the support of a majority of his caucus and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., has said he will only move bills piecemeal. GOP leaders pounced on Obama’s most extensive endorsement of the piecemeal approach.
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