NBC News | August 02, 2013
Q: Leader Pelosi , you mentioned that there's only nine days in September. You've also said before that immigration reform isn't -- doesn't happen by the end of this year that it would be tough to do in an election year.
REP. PELOSI: Yes.
Q: Are you concerned at all that time is running out , considering how much effort is going to be dedicated to these fiscal fights, for immigration reform to pass out of the House this year.
REP. PELOSI: I'll answer that if you tell us about your glasses.
Q: They're Google glasses.
REP. PELOSI: I see. But I mean, what are we doing with them right now? Are we filming all of this?
Q: Well, this is being filmed, but it's also being filmed by those cameras as well, so --
REP. PELOSI: Yeah, yeah, yeah. No, it's good. It's good. It's good. It's telling mom -- your family what you ate for -- what you're going to eat for lunch as soon as you look down at your lunch?
Q: No, my mom made me lunch so she knows what --
Here's the thing, what's different about the budget and the immigration bill is the budget has a -- the fiscal year ends on September 30th . A new year begins October 1st . And we have to have a solution before the fiscal year runs out. The calendar year relates more to the immigration bill . I still feel very confident that because the public sentiment being what it is about a rare opportunity to get something done on immigration, that we will find a bipartisan path to pass a bill that the president will sign that will be a comprehensive immigration reform with a path to legalization and citizenship, secure our borders, protect our workers, have a path to legalization, have initiatives that promote American ingenuity in -- and entrepreneurship with the H-1B visas and the rest. So it has -- it's comprehensive. It has -- it contains a great deal. With the BBB -- the badges, our law enforcement folks; our B, the business people and the -- in a bipartisan way; and the Bible, the evangelicals and people with faith-based organizations working this -- on this over the break, we're -- I don't want to say optimistic, but we're in a -- I think it's a -- we're on a positive path to getting something done there. I'm sorry that we haven't seen more acceptance of what the bipartisan group in the House of Representatives has put together, but maybe that is imminent; I don't know. But I do know that they worked very hard over a number of years to put together a bipartisan bill, and it would be great if the House could have its own bill; one that is thought out, again, in a bipartisan way -- a compromise; don't everything in it, but that's OK. Poison not lethal; something we can live with and to go forward with that. And that was what we had hoped would happen. It hasn't yet. I don't think it'll happen before we leave today. But I do think that as the American people weigh in during the break, BBB and beyond, that that -- maybe the picture will look different -- about a timetable and an agenda come September.