Mario Diaz-Balart Predicts No Immigration Reform This Year
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Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.), a long-time supporter of immigration reform, told The Washington Post's Greg Sargent on Thursday that the "window is definitely closing" for any bill to give undocumented immigrants legal status.
In fact, Diaz-Balart said he doesn't expect anything to happen on the issue at all in 2013, and noted it might be doomed entirely for this Congress if it doesn't get a vote before February or March, when members turn to their reelection bids.
"We have very few days available on the floor in the House, so I don’t think we’re going to be able to do it this year," Diaz-Balart told Sargent.
"I'm hopeful that we can get to it early next year," he added. "But I am keenly aware that next year, you start running into the election cycle. If we cannot get it done by early next year, then it’s clearly dead. It flatlines."
GOP leadership has insisted they are still interested in immigration reform, but haven't announced any votes on existing bills. A measure from
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