WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), a senior Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee, released a statement on President Obama's speech tonight announcing new executive action on immigration reform:
"Last week, I joined with many of my Democratic colleagues to call on the President to take action on immigration. Today, I commend his bold leadership that has implications for millions of families living in the United States.
"In tonight's speech, President Obama laid out a clear set of actions that will make great strides towards fixing our nation's broken immigration system. I wholeheartedly support the President's use of his executive powers to move our country forward on this issue that has long been at a standstill in Congress.
"Nearly 18 months ago the Senate voted in a bipartisan fashion in favor of comprehensive immigration reform. I support this piece of legislation, and have consistently pushed for the House of Representatives to bring it to the floor for a vote. The refusal to allow a House vote on this issue is unacceptable.
"The House can still bring the Senate's immigration bill to a vote, and I strongly urge them to do so before we adjourn for the year. Comprehensive immigration reform is too important—to our economy and to the security of the country—for us not to act."
SOURCE Office of Congressman Chaka Fattah