Daily Rundown   |  April 01, 2013

Immigration deal in sight

Reps. Adam Schiff, R-Calif., and Luke Messer, R-Ind., join The Daily Rundown to discuss the House’s quiet move to its own version of immigration reform and Boehner’s memo on the GOP fiscal strategy.

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>>> the senate 's gang of eight is moving quietly towards its own form of immigration reform . with me now adam schiff and indiana republican congressman luke messer. few for both being here on opening day . a red sox fan. are you allowed to admit that?

>> i am.

>> they're okay with this?

>> eastern upbringing.

>> that's okay, you're close. you can get away with it there. so happy opening day . let me start with you with immigration. where's the house on this, and what do you think big difts differences are going to be? everything i understand, the biggest difference has to do with what the path to citizenship looks like.

>> i think that's right. as much as some of the senators have been signaling caution in the senate , that's probably doubly so in the house . immigration has become up until this past election, the real third rail of american politics , especially in the house . very tough issue to deal with. still going to be difficult for us. difficult for me to see us getting the senate bill or something like it through the house unless the speaker deviates and allows to go without a majority conference. but that pathway to citizenship is the toughest issue i think in the house . and it's obviously an essential component.

>> is that a fair assessment? i know the proponent to the gang of eight said okay, that's nice. but path to citizenship --

>> it starts with security. you have to have a plan that we will have that border security . but beyond that, it's the pathway to citizenship. the real issue here is we have to make sure that those who have broken the law don't have a better path or an easier path.

>> no one is suggesting that they have a better or easier path, are they?

>> no, i don't think so.

>> both bills had --

>> what that means in the current law, as i understand it, is if you came here illegally, you would have to go back for ten years, for example. i think the real question here is the length of time. i think most are starting to recognize that we need to get people out of the shadows and have a working guess worker process. but i think there's a big disagreement right now on whether that path to citizenship is going to be five years or ten years.

>> is ten a fair compromise? where are you? ten okay?

>> i think if people could apply -- if they can work right now and apply for citizenship in ten years, i think that could be fair.

>> ten is a lot longer than i would like to see and i think most democrats would like to see. at the same time, we want a comprehensive immigration reform . and i know that there are going to be things in the house package, certainly in the senate package. probably a little better package that i don't like and that many democrats don't like. but we need to bring, as luke said, we need to bring these 11 million folks out of the shadows. and have them put on a path to citizenship. and this is going to be part of the give and take. i think this is probably the toughest issue, that and whether there are triggers that allow the citizenship process to go through.

>> tell me this, there's going to be a bill that they want to go through committee, get through and pass. but is it -- should we be all doing what we're doing, which is watch this senate gang of eight and if it gets 75 votes in the senate , that's the realistic bill?

>> clearly the conversations in the senate are far more developed right now than they are in the house . you don't have a group of people peting. issuing press releases.

>> true, although there has been a group meeting, a bipartisan group.

>> that's absolutely right. but i think if you see a bill come out of the senate with a broad consensus, there's an opportunity in the house . i think it's important we recognize here, no one has a right to come to america illegally, but there are economic reasons for us to deal with this issue. there are reasons of compassion to deal with this issue as well. i think we have an opportunity as a people to work together.

>> we have an awkward situation coming up where the president is going to be releasing his budget after the senate and the house have passed budgets. we've never had something like this before in this modern era . so the president's budget . do you want it to be -- what message do you want him to send through the budget ? reaffirm where the democratic principles are. or should it be the beginnings of an opening offer to the compromise?

>> i think it should reflect really a balanced approach.

>> so reflect what you guys have already done.

>> what the president has put forward this the past, that includes new revenues. it also includes additional spending cuts. takes a balanced approach that will get us to a balanced budget . but i don't think that the president can essentially negotiate against himself with the budget . and too often, that's the position that republicans will want to put him in. make him make the first step.

>> so he should not have changed cpi. he should not do the medicare reforms in this --

>> i don't think so. because the republicans have criticized him, for example, for not embracing simpson-bowles. had he, that would have become the floor. one of the gop senators told me who works in the gang of 6 on this -- a different gang. when the president said something positive, but what they were doing, it just killed their work. so whatever he puts into the budget becomes the floor to negotiate. so i wouldn't have him go too far in the budget himself. it won't be reciprocated. one last point, chuck, on the immigration. just wanted to cap. that is, i think that the only way that the immigration bill ultimately moves forward is if the senate package is taken up without amendments. if it's allowed to be amended in the house , it will just kill it. and that's it.

>> is this the time to start the negotiations for the compromise, or is it -- you know what, look, set the spending levels that you want for the different agencies because the appropriators do need that aspect. and let's have a negotiation in a couple more months.

>> i would believe that the house budget is a pretty balanced approach.

>> obviously you believe that.

>> increases over ten years. 40% over the period. but i do think the president has an opportunity to lead here. it was a great moment of outreach when he came and met with the house republican caucus . he said during that meeting that if you looked at his website, you could see that he's for medicare reform and things like change at cpi and the like. the point was made you wouldn't have to go to his website to see that he's for gun control. you wouldn't have to go to his website to see that he's for immigration reform . i think if he leads, this is another area where there's real opportunities for major events this summer.

>> i've got to leave it there. congressman schiff, good luck to your red sox this year. congress messer, good luck to your reds. this new kid, what is his name? jackie bradley jr.

>>> up next, new signs it's hillary clinton suiting up for 2016 or just ready to make a little money?

>>> plus, we're talking opening day . but first, today's trivia question. who is the most recent president to not host an easter egg roll ? the first person to tweet the correct answer to @chucktodd and @dailyrundown will get the shoutout. the answer and more coming up.