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Paul Ryan: House Will Take Up Immigration In Pieces

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Walking through a basement corridor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is pursued by reporters on the morning after a budget deal was worked out between Ryan and Senate Budget Committee Chair Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash. After Ryan presented his plan to the House Republican Conference this morning, Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and GOP leaders signaled support for the deal, which was one of a few key measure | ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan says House Republicans will tackle immigration reform in pieces rather than the Senate's comprehensive approach.

Ryan said Thursday that separating issues like border security and guest worker programs into multiple bills was the smart approach. He said the House won't go to conference with the Senate plan and says he doesn't want to end up with some "1,000-page bill."

The GOP House caucus is meeting next week for its annual retreat. House Speaker John Boehner has said immigration will be at the top of the agenda.

Ryan says House Republicans will lay out "core principles" but didn't offer a timeline.

Ryan spoke at a San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce event. Among his hosts were Texas businessmen who've pressed for action on immigration policy.

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