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U.S. House Speaker Boehner Expresses Doubts Over Immigration Bill

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February 06, 2014 AT 11:47 AM
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Thursday joined other leading Republicans in expressing doubts that immigration reforms could be passed this year and put the blame on President Barack Obama. At his weekly news conference, Boehner said "I've never underestimated the difficulty in moving forward this year." House Republicans have been deeply divided on the issue, and at a retreat in Cambridge, Maryland, last week, several said it would be a mistake to take up immigration legislation before the November congressional elections. Instead, Republicans said they wanted to focus on legislation to replace Obama's healthcare law, which many see as a powerful campaign theme for defeating Democrats.