Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Sunday predicted the Senate would pass its immigration reform bill by July 4 and said a strong vote for the measure could force House Republicans to embrace the Gang of Eight’s bill, despite Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) vow to the contrary.
Schumer said he and the other authors of the proposal hoped to win 70 votes, including nearly a majority of Republicans.
The House is drafting its own series of immigration bills, and Boehner has said the lower chamber would not be “steamrolled” by Democrats. In a joint statement last month, the entire House Republican leadership said the House would not simply “take up and pass” the Senate bill.
Schumer still has his doubts.
“Congressman Boehner is in a box,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “There are about 60 or 70 of his people who are against any immigration reform, but at the same time, he knows that the Republican Party will be consigned to a minority party for a generation if they’re anti-immigration.”