Obama Steps Up Pressure On House To Pass Immigration Reform Bill This Year

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With few legislative days remaining this year, President Barack Obama called on Congress on Thursday to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill by December.

Obama said the partial government shutdown, which was commanding Congress’ attention, was over, and that there was no excuse for delaying action on an issue which has been debated for years.

“This is not just an idea whose time has come; this is an idea whose time has been around for years now,” Obama said at a press conference in the White House East Room. “Leaders like all of you have worked together with Republicans and Democrats in this town in good faith for years to try to get this done, and this is the moment when we should be able to finally get the job done.”

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