The Common Good

House Not Voting on Senate Immigration Bill Is OK, Evangelical Immigration Table Says

Date: July 10, 2013

As long as progress is made toward reforming the United States' immigration system, members of the Evangelical Immigration Table are not disturbed at Speaker of the House John Boehner's announcement that the House would not take up the Senate bill, they said Tuesday on a press call.

"As long as you're engaged in dialogue and keep moving forward, I'm ok if they want to start over again," Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel, said in response to a question from The Christian Post. "I'm not endorsing a single bill that is out there right now, but I am standing firmly behind the set of principles that the Evangelical Immigration Table has put forward."

David Cooper, president of Front Range Christian School in Littleton, Colo., responded that he would "echo" Staver's remarks.

"I think that speaks for most of the organizations that are part of the Evangelical Immigration Table," he added.

Boehner clarified Monday that the House would not vote on the recently passed Senate bill but would work on its own legislation.