For many House Republicans, support for a comprehensive bill with the pathway to citizenship is tepid at best.
Passing such legislation is "not urgent," said Representative James Lankford of Oklahoma, a member of the House Republican leadership team.
"If we run out of time at the end of the year, I don't think we push it. This is a problem that has festered for decades," he added.
Even with such ambivalence, House Republican leaders still leave open the door to crafting some sort of proposal that would end the deportation threat for many of the 11 million, allowing them to openly seek work in the United States and potentially become American citizens, much like the Senate bill.
Boehner, asked about a bipartisan House plan, not yet unveiled, that would establish a 15 year pathway to citizenship, said, "Frankly, I think that they have done a lot of good work."