The healthcare battle
has taken center stage this week but some lawmakers are looking ahead to other
House Speaker John Boehner
said he's hopeful the house can act this year on immigration legislation as
republicans privately discuss possible steps to change the current system.
Boehner said Wednesday
that immigration is an issue that needs to be addressed.
The White House also
hopes immigration will be a key topic in the near future.
Press Secretary Jay
Carney said "there was a lot of important work that was achieved in that
comprehensive bill that passed the senate that meets the president's criteria
and he believes that there's a bipartisan majority in the House and probably a
significant one that would support that similar comprehensive approach."
The senate passed a
comprehensive bill in June that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11-million
immigrants living here illegally and tighten border security.
However, the bill has
stalled in the house as Tea Party republicans and other conservatives have
opposed the measure.