“The Senate bill won’t get a vote in the House, and it’s something that could have helped this community,” Denham said to the some 25 people present. “I am frustrated. I thought we’d get this done before the August work period. I think the Senate made tremendous progress. It was done bipartisan and I thought that would be enough to get the House moving forward.”
The assembled group included concerned residents, area attorneys, church pastors, union representatives, chamber members and Latino organizers. Many wanted to know why a comprehensive reform seemed out of reach in the House.
“I don’t know I have a good answer,” Denham said. “It probably has a lot more to do with politics than policy.”