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"I’m still optimistic that we’ll get this done," said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he was "guardedly optimistic" because "there is overwhelming support from business, from evangelicals, from across the board people we represent."
Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., said Boehner was trying to blame his own inaction on Obama and pressed the House for legislation.
Though Obama has threatened to act on his own if Congress does not move on some of his other priorities, Carney signaled that Obama was not prepared to act unilaterally on immigration.
"There’s no alternative to comprehensive immigration reform passing through Congress," Carney said. "It requires legislation. And the president’s made that clear in the past, and that continues to be his view."
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