Only 13 legislative days left with all the holidays coming up, and some lawmakers think that this amount of time will not be enough to pass immigration reform in 2013.
The third-ranking House Republican told immigration advocates that lawmakers won’t vote this year on the issue, confirming what many had long assumed.
California Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the majority whip, said in a meeting with immigration proponents that there weren’t enough days left for the House to act and he was committed to addressing overhaul of the nation’s immigration system next year.
The House returns next week after a week long break, but only has a few legislative days remaining.
The Senate passed a comprehensive bill this past June that would have provided a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally and would have tightened border security, but piecemeal bills in the House have languished since the summer.
Although House Republican leaders say they want to resolve the issue they have shown little inclination to deal with immigration. Many House Republicans also are wary of passing any immigration legislation that would set up a conference with the Democratic-controlled Senate, fearing the House could lose out in final negotiations.
The Senate bill, which was strongly backed by the White House, included billions for border security, and reworked the legal immigration system to allow tens of thousands of high- and low-skilled workers into the country together with a 13-year path to citizenship for those living here illegally.
Regardless of the anticipation by many that the immigration reform bill would pass in 2013, it seems that the legislative schedule and the very limited amount of days left to do anything point to a delay, at least until 2014.