Dems to tie immigration reform to health care vote

Immigration proponents in the House have agreed to allow stricter language that would prevent illegals from accessing health care services as long as the president promises to bring up the issue of immigration reform later this year.Christina Bellantoni of TPM blog reports:Lawmakers who want to extend health coverage to illegal immigrants will not block the passage of the final health care reform bill so long as the White House offers a substantive promise to start pushing comprehensive immigration legislation this year.Democrats who want a comprehensive bill that reforms immigration law but also offers a pathway to citizenship have threatened to vote against health care if illegals aren't included in the new system, making immigration one of the sticking points as Democratic leaders negotiate the final details.Democratic leadership aides believe that a firm White House promise of a comprehensive immigration bill will be enough to quell any House dissent.TPMDC sources have been...(Read Full Post)