House and Senate Democrats are considering introducing a discharge petition to push House Republicans to move forward on immigration reform.
Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has suggested that immigration reform should not begin until 2017.
House GOP leaders are outlining their principles for immigration reform Thursday at the annual Republican caucus retreat in Maryland.
While many Republicans in the House are still opposed to immigration reform, a number of GOP leaders are expected to introduce four separate immigration reform bills this year.
Republicans are currently in talks about piecemeal immigration reform measures, which will be released in a few weeks.
Congressman Darrell Issa does not believe that comprehensive reform will pass in 2014, but is optimistic about the passage of a bill for highly skilled undocumented immigrants.
This week, House Speaker John Boehner said that he supports the 'step by step' passage of immigration reform measures.
Although immigration reform stalled in the House in 2013, there are some reasons to be optimistic that a bill could pass in 2014.
On a radio talk show, Sen. Ted Cruz called immigration reform 'amnesty,' and said the passage of a reform bill would hurt the Republicans in the House.
On Thursday, Congress left for holiday break without the House making any progress on immigration reform.
During an online question-and-answer session, Vice President Joe Biden guaranteed that the Senate-passed immigration reform bill would soon pass in the House.
President Obama is in San Francisco today to talk about immigration reform and headline fundraisers. He will then head to Los Angeles to continue raising campaign money.
President Obama said on Tuesday that he would agree to House Republicans' piecemeal passage of the immigration reform bill. Women's groups also pushed for the passage of the bill on Tuesday.
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