10/3/2013 at 4:35 p.m.
From the American Farm Bureau Federation:
WASHINGTON — Yesterday, a comprehensive immigration bill was introduced by House Democrats. The list of cosponsors can be found here
. The legislation largely mirrors the Senate version, although some changes have been made to the border security provisions. These changes would apparently replace the Corker-Hoeven amendment to the Senate bill with a version that the House passed out of the Homeland Security Committee.
It is uncertain at this stage to what degree the legislation is a substantive effort or merely a political maneuver by the minority in the House to force the Republicans to accept the Senate bill. Speaker John Boehner has stated it is unlikely the bill will come to the House floor for consideration. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stated publicly that the legislation had “zero percent” chance of making it to the floor.
AFBF will review this legislation to determine its impact on agriculture and the likelihood of it moving forward in the House. We continue to be engaged with all members working on this important issue to ensure the House passes responsible immigration reform legislation that includes a solution for agriculture.