House Speaker John Boehner’s staff says he has not made a commitment to the White House to move an overhaul of the immigration laws this year, pushing back against comments made this week by a senior advisor in the Obama administration made this week.
Valerie Jarrett told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that she thinks there’s a window “this summer, between now and August, to get something done.
“We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner, who’s very frustrated with his caucus,” Jarrett told the newspaper.
Michael Steel, a spokesman for the Ohio Republican, said Boehner has not made a commitment to the White House.
“Republicans are committed to reforming our immigration system, but as the speaker has said repeatedly, it’s difficult to see how we make progress until the American people have faith that President Obama will enforce the law as written,” Steel said in an email.