Democratic members of ‘Gang of Eight’ to meet with House Democrats Tuesday

July 8, 2013

This item has been updated.

The four Democratic members of the Senate "Gang of Eight" who wrote the bipartisan immigration bill passed last month plan to meet Tuesday morning with House Democrats.

The Democratic quartet includes Sens. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Michael F. Bennet (D-Colo.). Schumer announced plans for the meeting via Twitter Monday evening.

Aides say the senators will attend the weekly Tuesday morning meeting of House Democrats to discuss how they helped ensure their bill's passage and how Democrats can continue to press House Republicans to quickly take up the issue.

Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) has said that the House will take up smaller legislative proposals dealing with individual aspects of the broader immigration issue, instead of taking the comprehensive, one-bill approach used in the Senate. Already five immigration bills have been passed by House committees and debate on a border security proposal could begin later this month, according to lawmakers and aides familiar with the plans.

This item has been updated and corrected to reflect that five immigration-related bills have been passed by House committees.

Ed O’Keefe is a congressional reporter with The Washington Post and covered the 2008 and 2012 presidential and congressional elections.
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