Mario Diaz Balart says Syria is crowding out immigration reform

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The fall calendar for Congress is stacked, and once-prominent issues are getting crowded out by debates over military intervention in Syria and budget battles, Bloomberg reports.

The amount of attention Syria is commanding could be killing the chances for other measures to get through Congress and become law. “Everything else is on the back burner,” said Rep. Tom Cole.

In particular, the immigration-reform push is losing steam and passage in 2014—an election year—appears unlikely. “Running out of time is a real issue,” said Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla. “Nothing is impossible, but it gets a heck of a lot more difficult if we don’t get it done this year.” 

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