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The President sees Speaker Boehner passing immigration reform

Will 2014 be the year that House Speaker  John-Boehner gets a bill on immigration reform ?President  Barack Obama thinks it will be.

Will 2014 be the year that House Speaker John-Boehner gets a bill on immigration reform ?President Barack Obama thinks it will be.

This morning’s frontpage story in The Hill says President  Barack Obama has told Senate Democrats he expects Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to pass immigration reform this year, defying predictions the issue is dead for 2014.

President Obama believes Republicans will feel politically vulnerable if they fail to advance the issue, a high priority among Hispanic voters, according to Democratic senators who met with the president this week.

Obama sees immigration reform as a source for optimism in what has otherwise shaped up as a tough year for Democrats.

“He predicted the House would pass something this year,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who attended the meeting.

Obama cautioned senators to brace themselves for difficult negotiations with House Republicans later this year.

“He said we’re then all going to have a challenging conversation,” Kaine added. “He said it was more likely than not the House would do something.”

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), the lead sponsor of the Senate-passed immigration bill, described Obama as “cautiously optimistic” after the meeting. MORE…

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