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Pelosi is optimistic about agreement on budget, immigration

  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that there's room for compromise on immigration and budget issues.
  • Despite her optimism, Pelosi is skeptical that a White House meeting on immigration on Tuesday will produce a breakthrough.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi remains optimistic about potential agreements with Washington Republicans on the budget and immigration, though she is skeptical that a White House meeting on immigration on Tuesday will produce a breakthrough.

The California Democrat told reporters in her Capitol office on Monday that "we just have to come together and we will" on a long-delayed budget pact to boost funding for both the Pentagon and domestic agencies, which face a severe budget crunch otherwise.

She also said that there's room for compromise on immigration, including protections for young immigrants who were brought into the country illegally, border security and stricter rules sought by Republicans regarding preferential treatment for the relatives of legal immigrants who are seeking to join them in the U.S.