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White House: Immigration push won't distract from Obamacare fix

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White House press secretary Jay Carney insisted Wednesday that President Obama's plan to push comprehensive immigration reform in coming days will not distract from correcting a rocky rollout for Obamacare.

When asked if the administration should focus on the glitch-filled rollout of Obamacare instead of overhauling the nation’s immigration laws, Carney said the White House could manage both efforts.

He said that “round-the-clock” work to fix technical snags on the websites registering consumers for Obamacare’s insurance exchanges would continue.

Obama pledged this week to again press lawmakers on immigration reform once Congress signs off on a deal to reopen the federal government and lift the nation's debt limit.

“Once that’s done, you know, the day after — I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform," Obama told Univision's Los Angeles station Tuesday.

"And if I have to join with other advocates and continue to speak out on that, and keep pushing, I’m going to do so because I think it’s really important for the country. And now is the time to do it."

Carney on Wednesday defended that strategy, despite the cool reception the president’s plan has received among House Republicans.

Obama “absolutely believes that the House ought to take up that legislation and pass it,” Carney said, dismissing suggestions that the initiative was “a partisan pursuit.”

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Brian Hughes

White House Correspondent
The Washington Examiner