(USA TODAY) -- After years of negotiating and a week that saw one of its members
nearly bolt from the group, a bipartisan group of House members
announced Thursday that they had reached a deal "in principle" on a bill
to overhaul the nation's immigration laws.
A group of
senators filed their version of an immigration bill last month and have
been debating and amending it in a Senate committee for the past two
Now, members of the House group say they will have their bill filed by early June to begin hearings.
have finalized an agreement in principle," Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart,
R-Fla., one of the members of the group, said after the meeting. "I
think it's a very responsible, serious, well-thought-out and enforceable
piece of legislation."
announcement caps off a stressful week for members of the group, as
Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, threatened to quit the group if they didn't
reach an agreement by Thursday. But the group came together Thursday
night and Carter emerged from the meeting saying they had reached the
agreement in principle, according to The Hill.
of the House group declined to offer any details of their agreement on
Thursday, saying they still have to finish drafting the final pieces of
Members of the group are: Diaz-Balart, Reps. Xavier
Becerra, D-Calif.; John Carter, R-Texas; Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill.; Sam
Johnson, R-Texas; Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho; Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.; and
John Yarmuth, D-Ky.