House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she spoke with Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday and asked when an overhaul to immigration laws could be considered in the House.
“He told me, yes we have to wait until next year,” Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday morning.
The probability of a comprehensive immigration deal being passed becomes smaller as the days on the calendar tick closer to the 2014 election. But Democrats, who see immigration as an election issue if a vote isn’t held, continue to press for a vote in the House.
Key House lawmakers who have been working on releasing immigration bills this year—without success thus far—said their chamber needs to take up a rewrite in 2014, disputing theories that the House can take up reform when Republican primaries have passed or in a subsequent Congress.