Ayotte on Immigration Reform Bill: ‘It's Important for the Country'

By Penny Starr | May 1, 2014 | 4:05pm EDT

Sen. Kelly Ayotte, (R-N.H.)(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said she supports House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) push for immigration reform legislation.

“I think it’s important for the country and our economy,” Ayotte told CNSNews.com on Wednesday on Capitol Hill.

At a press conference on Tuesday, Boehner said he was trying to “see if there’s a way forward” for immigration reform in the House.

“Listen, we continue to work with our members,” Boehner said. “We all know we have a broken immigration system.”

“And we're going to continue to work with our members and have discussions to see if there's a way forward,” Boehner said.

Ayotte voted in favor of the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S.744), which the Senate passed in June 2013.

That law, if accepted as is by the House, would provide legal status for an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the United States and eventually provide them with a “pathway to citizenship.”

Ayotte told CNSNews.com that she supported the Senate bill and would like to see the House take action on the issue.

“I’d like to see it done,” Ayotte said. “I mean I supported it.

“Obviously, I don’t know whether it will get done,” Ayotte said. “It’s in the speaker’s hands and members of the House.

“I supported it in the Senate,” she said. “I think it’s important for the country and our economy.”

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