WASHINGTON (AP) — The uncertainty over immigration overhaul in the U.S. House has dimmed the White House’s hopes for a summertime achievement and left President Barack Obama still in search of a marquee legislative accomplishment to mark his second term.
After a big tax-raising deal on New Year’s, major legislative victories have been elusive. A gun control measure Obama backed was blocked in the Senate, and he was unable to avoid automatic spending cuts that further trimmed the government’s budget.
After immigration legislation passed in the Senate, Obama wanted the House to act in July. But House Republicans balked. The president’s advisers now concede their best shot might come in the fall after lawmakers return from their August recess. It’s a tall order for a busy time of year.