WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is pledging House action on immigration overhaul legislation even as most of the attention on Capitol Hill is focused on fights over the budget and federal debt.
Republican Bob Goodlatte of Virginia says work is going on behind the scenes to write bills addressing various immigration issues even beyond the four pieces of legislation his committee has already approved. And he says he would like to see the House begin taking votes next month.
Immigration legislation has appeared stalled in the GOP-led House months after the Democratic-led Senate passed a far-reaching bill including a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants already in the country illegally.
House leaders have ruled out the Senate's sweeping bill but promise a step-by-step approach instead.