Boehner tells Capitol Hill reporters he wants to deal with the issue on a step-by-step approach. He declined to answer a question Wednesday on whether the House will vote in the remaining days of the year.
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the No. 3 House Republican, told immigration advocates last week that the House won't vote this year.
The Senate passed a bill in June that would provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living in the United States illegally and tighten border security.
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