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Law Makers Look Ahead to Immigration Reform

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The healthcare battle has taken center stage this week but some lawmakers are looking ahead to other agenda items.

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.

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