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Speaker John Boehner dipped his toe back into the public immigration debate Thursday, saying Congress shouldn’t pass a package unless it receives “broad bipartisan support.”

For a man that says nothing about immigration — the central legislative debate of the day — the comment signals that when it comes time to negotiate a deal, he will accommodate both parties.

“In my view, anything as far-reaching, as complex, and as permanent as immigration reform should not be enacted without broad bipartisan support,” he said. “Every day as Obamacare is being implemented, Americans are reminded of what happens when you have big legislation rammed through Congress with minimum support.”

And while the rest of his party maligns the Congressional Budget Office’s report on the economic benefits of immigration reform, Boehner said: “If in fact those numbers are anywhere close to being accurate, it’ll be a real boon for the country.” The speaker said he hasn’t fully examined the report, and asked House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to analyze it.

Still, there’s a lot that’s unknown about Boehner’s view of immigration reform — which is on the Senate floor right now. Asked about whether he supports a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants, Boehner said the question was a “good try.”

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