Rep. House Speaker, Boehner, ‘confident’ GOP, Obama can reach deal on immigration reform

Speaker John Boehner said Thursday he was “confident” Republicans could agree to a comprehensive immigration bill.

This issue has been around far too long,” Boehner said in the ABC interview. “A comprehensive approach is long overdue, and I’m confident that the president, myself, others can find the common ground to take care of this issue once and for all.”

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), chairman of the Senate Immigration, Refugees and Border Security Judiciary subcommittee, called Boehner’s comments a “breakthrough.”

“Democrats in the Senate look forward to working with him to come up with a bipartisan solution,” Schumer said in a statement.

The president has said that immigration reform would be a top priority if he were elected to a second term.