(CNSNews.com) - It's "very important" for immigration reform to stay on the "front burner," Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told Fox News on Friday. He said House Republicans are "working very hard" to pass a bill that meets President Trump's requirements -- plus some.
"One advantage we have in the House is that it only requires a majority of the House to pass legislation," Goodlatte said.
"But how will this more conservative plan advance in the Senate, where 60 votes are required to get anything done? Fox News's Bill Hemmer asked the congressman.
Goodlatte noted that although his plan does not include a pathway to citizenship for dreamers, it does include legal status and it does create a new guest worker program for agriculture "that is building a lot of excitement and support."
He said the bill addresses Trump's concerns about DACA and national security. It would end chain migration and the diversity visa lottery, and it includes a requirement that American businesses use e-verify, a program that is popular with voters, he said.
Goodlatte said that based on a "whip count," it looks like there may be enough votes to pass the plan in the House.
And if that happens, "I think the Senate will be forced to revisit this," he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Thursday he remains eager to improve U.S. immigration policy, and he encouraged lawmakers to "put away the talking points and get serious about finding a solution that can actually become law."
In a tweet on Friday morning, President Trump wrote: "Cannot believe how BADLY DACA recipients have been treated by the Democrats...totally abandoned! Republicans are still working hard."