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Goodlatte and House Gang of Eight Could Both Come out Winners on Immigration Bill

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The AP has an interesting article mainly profiling Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. The story raises an intresting possibility - namely that Goodlatte could make the hardliners happy by considering immigration reform in a piecemeal fashion and possibly only approve one or two bills that avoid some of the provisions that will have a hard time passing. And then the House Gang of Eight's broader immigration proposal can be considered by the entire House of Representatives through the amendment process. Or the House could just pass the more limited piecemeal bill and negotiate a compromise bill with the Senate through a conference committee. 



That acknowledgement may point to limits to what Goodlatte might do
on immigration, or any other issue. He's not seen as likely to bolt from
what GOP leaders decide. "He's not a rogue chairman," said Rep. Zoe
Lofgren, D-Calif., a senior Judiciary Committee member.


Indeed
Goodlatte is not going to have the final word on how any immigration
overhaul moves forward in the House. That will fall to House Speaker
John Boehner, R-Ohio, who could end up using an individual bill passed
by Goodlatte's committee as the vehicle for negotiating a compromise
with the Senate on whatever more sweeping legislation it passes. A
bipartisan group of House members operating separately from Goodlatte
also is working on wide-ranging immigration overhaul legislation, though
it's unclear when those lawmakers will conclude a final deal and
release their bill.


Despite his preference for a step-by-step
approach that some activists fear could drag out immigration overhaul
until it comes to nothing, Goodlatte sounds decidedly open to compromise
on the trickiest policy issue for Republicans in the debate -- how to
deal with the estimated 11 million immigrants already here illegally. He
envisions a legal status short of citizenship for them, and from there
the potential to make use of the existing legal avenues to
naturalization, whether through work or family connections.


And he
said he sees potential for overlap between his approach and the more
aggressive citizenship path sought by Obama, most Democrats and some
Republicans, including John McCain and Marco Rubio in the Senate.



"I think there's a lot of discussions going on about this both on
Capitol Hill and by different groups outside of the Congress that leads
me to believe that it's possible to find common ground," says Goodlatte.



Goodlatte could essentially walk the tightrope on this issue by giving his committee it's say but also not denying the entire House the opportunity to decide if it wants a comprehensive bill or something narrower. And the House Gang of Eight could win if their version of a comprehensive bill becomes the House's starting point for negotiating with the Senate.

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  1. CIR2013's Avatar
    CMON GOODLATTE DONT BE A BAD LATTE, GO PASS THE BILL!! CIR2013!!!
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