The Washington Times - March 19, 2013, 08:28AM

Rep. Chris Van Hollen said he’s cautiously optimistic Congress can pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation but worries House Republicans could quash a deal.

“What I’m concerned about is that if we’re able to get a bill out of the Senate, we may have trouble getting a vote in the House,” the Maryland lawmaker, who is the top Democrat on the House Budget Committee, told CNN on Tuesday.

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He said that ultimately he believes House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, will be pressured to allow a full vote on immigration reform in the House. But Mr. Van Hollen added he “fear[s] that you’re still going to get an overwhelming number of House Republicans voting against it.”


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“But since we’ll have enough Democrats in the House and Republicans [supporting it], we can ultimately get it through.”


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Mr. Van Hollen added he’s pleased the Republican National Committee formally endorsed immigration reform Monday, but he isn’t worried his party will lose voters to the GOP over the issue.


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“No, I’m not worried,” he said “We’re interested in the result, and the result that’s good for the country is to finally get comprehensive immigration reform,” he said.


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