House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) reiterated on Fox News Sunday that the House would not bring the Senate’s immigration reform bill, which includes a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, to the floor for debate and a vote. The comments come after Ryan told a town hall audience that he wanted all components of immigration reform to be brought up for a floor vote, regardless of whether they ultimately received majority Republican support.
“We are not going to be bringing the Senate bill up,” Cantor said, just moments after host Chris Wallace confronted the Republican leader for failing to pass key appropriations bills before embarking on summer recess. “We will have a vote on a series of bills at some point, Chris. It will deal with a variety of issues.” Cantor did not say if citizenship, which many House Republicans oppose, will be up for consideration and instead pointed to measures to strengthen border security and a yet-to-be released bill that could provide some help to DREAM-eligible undocumented immigrants.
He then cast doubt on the Senate bill, arguing that Republicans in the chamber voted for it without even knowing what is in it. The measure passed the Senate in June by a vote of 68 to 32, picking up all Democrats and 14 Republicans.