House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday bristled at the notion that immigration reform is dead for the coming year.
“Is immigration reform dead? Absolutely not,” he told reporters at his weekly press conference.
The Speaker said that he is “hopeful” the House can make progress on the issue, even though one of his top deputies recently said there is not enough time to hold votes this year.
He said that House Republicans are still having private conversations on how to move forward, but stressed that it will address the issue with smaller individual bills rather than one sweeping bill like the one passed by the Senate.