Schumer Predicts House Will Pass Senate Immigration Bill

House will pass it this year -Schumer

Sen. Chuck Schumer predicted on Sunday that despite contrary statements from Speaker John Boehner, the House will vote on the Senate bill.

"In fact, I believe that by the end of this year, the House will pass the Senate bill," Schumer said on "Fox News Sunday."

On Thursday, the Republican speaker from Ohio said he would not give the Senate immigration bill a vote on the House floor. Instead, the House will draft it's own legislation, likely moving only small pieces that do address border security but not a pathway to citizenship.

Schumer, a Democrat from New York, said he thinks there'll be pressure on Boehner and other House members to pass an immigration bill.

"The national Republican leadership will tell John Boehner, if you don't pass a bill, we're going to be a minority party for a decade," Schumer said.

Schumer added that the piecemeal approach may not be possible since no Democrats will vote for a bill without a pathway to citizenship and Republican opponents are fearful of letting anything go to conference.