“Nobody has spent more time trying to fix a broken immigration system than I have,” the Ohio Republican told reporters at a Capitol news event. “I talked about it the day after the election. I’ve talked about it a hundred times since.”
While the Senate last month passed a comprehensive immigration reform package, Boehner defended his decision to address the issue with a series of smaller bills, saying his “common-sense, step-by-step approach” makes more sense.
“While some may disagree about how we’re going about fixing a broken immigration system, it’s been a big goal of mine,” he said.
Boehner suggested the House will take up immigration reform after Congress’ month-long August break.
“I expect that as we get into the fall, when we talk about the issue of spending — has anybody in the Congress been more focused on cutting spending than I have?” he said. “I don’t think so.”