House Democrats on Tuesday increased their pressure on GOP supporters of immigration reform to fight harder for a bill this year.
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The Democrats are urging those Republicans who’ve made a verbal commitment to comprehensive reform “to put their pen where their mouth is,” in the words of Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.), and sign a discharge petition to force a floor vote over the objections of GOP leaders.
“We’re calling out the members of the House … who have said they support immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship,” Polis said on a press call. “We’re saying, ‘Do something about your support.’ ”
With November’s elections inching ever-closer, the Democrats see the next few months as their last chance to overhaul the nation’s immigration system this Congress. The Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill last summer, and a failure of the House to follow suit before January would be a huge set-back to reform advocates, who would be forced to start from scratch in both chambers in 2015.