Monday, September 23, 2013

Lofgren Still Hopeful About Reform

From Zoe Lofgren:

Rep. Zoe Lofgren on House Republicans Departure from Bipartisan Immigration Group
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-San Jose, Calif.) released the following statement last week on the decision by her House Republican colleagues to depart from the bipartisan House immigration working group commonly referred to as the ‘Group of Seven’:
“The dance of legislation is intricate and unpredictable.  For the last four-and-a-half years a bipartisan group of representatives met, at first in anonymity, and later openly, to attempt to craft a bipartisan immigration reform bill.
“We did succeed in crafting a bill, but at this point my Republican colleagues, Congressmen Sam Johnson and John Carter, have decided to withdraw from this process.  While these two very conservative Congressmen do not agree with me on many issues, I am sure that they would agree that our efforts during these last several years were characterized by mutual respect and serious legislative work.  Solid work was put into crafting immigration measures and these efforts, or portions of them, may yet help the process as efforts continue to achieve top to bottom reform of our country’s broken immigration system.
“The question isn’t whether we can pass immigration reform. The economic, security and moral arguments have been made for reform. In poll after poll a growing majority of Americans want to see immigration reform, and the votes exist in the House for reform.
“In the end, it’s the Republican leadership that must make a decision on whether they intend to allow the current broken immigration system to continue as it is, or whether they will allow the House to vote on reform.  I continue to be hopeful that Republican leaders will schedule votes on serious reform measures that aren’t host to known poison pills.  It can be done.  Let’s hope Congress can perform this basic task.”

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