President Barack Obama will go for immigration reform and gun control this month, the White House tells the left-leaning Huffington Post. Obama’s actions will reportedly be done “quickly.”
“An Obama administration official said the president plans to push for immigration reform this January. The official, who spoke about legislative plans only on condition of anonymity, said that coming standoffs over deficit reduction are unlikely to drain momentum from other priorities. The White House plans to push forward quickly, not just on immigration reform but gun control laws as well,” reports the Huffington Post.
“The time frame is likely to be cheered by Democrats and immigration reform advocates alike, who have privately expressed fears that Obama’s second term will be drowned out in seemingly unending showdowns between parties.”
The outlet claims that it is “unclear what type of immigration policies the White House plans to push in January.”
No details on what sort of gun control legislation the White House will seek were offered in the article.
As Politico reported last month, a “Gang of Eight,” a conference of 8 senators from both parties, “has begun to meet to discuss immigration reform.” But it is not at all clear what progress this group has made and what immigration laws it might propose.
The Huffington Post quotes a Democratic aide who believes “Good news for immigration advocates may have come Tuesday night, when Boehner broke the so-called ‘Hastert Rule’ and allowed the fiscal cliff bill to come for a vote without support from a majority of his Republican conference. Given opposition to immigration reform by many Tea Party Republicans, the proof that Boehner is willing to bypass them on major legislation is a good sign.”