Immigration Doesn't Have the Votes Yet, Ryan Says

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House Budget Chairman Paul D. Ryan told his local newspaper that Republican leaders do not have the votes yet to pass a rewrite of the nation's immigration system.  

"We don't have the votes right now," the Wisconsin Republican told his local newspaper, the Janesville Gazette , in an interview Monday. “Right now, we're working hard to find where that consensus lies." Ryan said both the right and left are holding up an overhaul.  

A poll of House Republican offices by CQ Roll Call found that just 18 members, including Ryan, publicly support the immigration principles Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio released in January.