June 30, 2013 1:50 PM
Republican Trey Gowdy and Democrat Luis Gutierrez are forging a new friendship around immigration reform, and their bond could help the House reach a deal on the contentious issue. President Barack Obama has urged the House of Representatives to follow the lead of the Senate and pass a bill by August to reform the U.S. immigration system. Immigration reform is half-way to its goal: the Senate passed a comprehensive bill this afternoon 68 to 32. The bill is loaded with tech-industry goodies, including more foreign visas, a special visa for startup entrepreneurs, and unlimited space for brainiac inventors and scientists. However, Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have unspecified issues with the bill and say the Senate version is a "pipe dream."