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Obama: Senate immigration bill would pass House

August 9, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is “absolutely certain” that the U.S. Senate’s comprehensive immigration bill would pass the House of Representatives if majority Republicans brought it up for a vote.

Speaking Friday at the White House, Obama said he would like to see the House act on the Senate bill in September, as soon as they return from summer recess. He urged the House to put forward a bill that could pass, even if does not match the Senate bill. The versions could be reconciled later.

But Republicans say they’ll bring up a series of narrow bills instead.

The Senate-passed bill would include billions of dollars for border security and a path to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.

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