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Obama, Republicans openly feud over US immigration legislation

Published on Apr 17, 2014 6:37 AM
 
Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, as US President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Partisan bickering over immigration reform legislation intensified on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, as US President Barack Obama and House of Representatives Republicans accused each other of standing in the way of progress one year after bipartisan Senate legislation was introduced.

On the one-year anniversary of the Senate Bill, Mr Obama went on the attack after a long period of trying to encourage progress in the House.

"Unfortunately, Republicans in the House of Representatives have repeatedly failed to take action, seemingly preferring the status quo of a broken immigration system over meaningful reform," Mr Obama said in a statement released by the White House. "I urge House Republicans to listen to the will of the American people and bring immigration reform to the House floor for a vote," Mr Obama said.

He repeated that plea in a private conversation with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the second-ranking House Republican said.

 
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