Comprehensive Immigration Reformby Representative Patrick Murphy
Posted on 2013-07-17
MURPHY of Florida. First, I want to thank Mr. Cardenas for
putting this Special Order together. I'm here tonight to call on the
House of Representatives to pass bipartisan comprehensive immigration
reform that would reduce our deficit and grow our economy.
Madam Speaker, now that the Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform with broad bipartisan support, it is time for the House to step up and do the same. Passing immigration reform will cut our Federal deficit and grow the economy. The Congressional Budget Office reported that the Senate immigration bill would reduce the Federal budget deficit by $850 billion over the next 20 years. Comprehensive immigration reform will also grow our economy. By expanding the U.S. labor force and America's productivity, increasing the number of available high-tech visas and increasing foreign investment, comprehensive immigration reform will increase our gross domestic product. It is projected that this will increase GDP by $1.4 trillion by 2033.
While not perfect, the Senate immigration bill is an important bipartisan compromise to address what is currently a broken system. I came to Washington to work across the aisle and find commonsense solutions just like this. Furthermore, the fact that this bill would reduce the Federal deficit and grow the economy should be something we can all agree on.
I urge my colleagues to support passing the Senate's bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill.