Boehner: ‘Don’t ask me how’ House immigration reform will happen

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) promised Thursday that the House would pass its own version of immigration reform. Just don't ask him how.

"We're not going to be stampeded by the White House or stampeded by the president," Boehner told reporters at a press conference. "The Senate is working its will, a lot of good work that's gone on over there, but the House -- the House will work its will."

Boehner, who has not been deeply involved in immigration reform negotiations in the House, could not say how that would be worked.

"Don't ask me how, because if I knew, I would certainly tell you, but the House is going to -- the House is going to work its will," he said. "And I'm confident that we'll have a solid work product that we can go to conference with the Senate."

A bipartisan group of eight House members has announced an agreement "in principle" on immigration reform. But the details of that agreement have not been revealed, and there continues to be a struggle over health-care coverage for illegal immigrants.

That group has done "good work," Boehner said, "whether they actually finish and agree on everything or not." He also praised House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) for the hearings he's held on immigration.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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