WASHINGTON — An aide to House Speaker John Boehner rejected Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett's comments that the administration has a "commitment" from Boehner to pass immigration reform.
"Republicans are committed to reforming our immigration system," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in an email to BuzzFeed. "But as the speaker has said repeatedly, it's difficult to see how we make progress until the American people have faith that President Obama will enforce the law as written."
Jarrett told donors and investors at a Las Vegas conference Thursday that Boehner was "frustrated with his caucus" and predicted the speaker would allow either a number of small bills or the Senate-passed immigration reform bill to go through the House after most Republicans had made it through their primaries.
"I think we have a window this summer, between now and August, to get something done," Jarrett said, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. "We have a commitment from Speaker Boehner, who's very frustrated with his caucus."
Boehner's spokesman said no such commitment had been made.
Jarrett tweeted that Boehner had only made a "commitment to trying."
Kate Nocera is the managing editor for BuzzFeed’s Washington, DC bureau. Nocera is a recipient of the National Press Foundation's 2014 Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress.
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