Sen. Patrick Leahy says House Speaker John Boehner should risk his position rather than let immigration reform fail.
Leahy led Senate efforts to pass an immigration overhaul bill. The measure expands work visa availability, adds more dollars for border security and provides a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.
Leahy says the bill's passage in the Senate required an old-fashioned display of bipartisanship, but worries tea partyers in the House could block it from becoming law. He says it's up to speaker Boehner to make sure that doesn't happen.
"Frankly, I would rather be-- if I was in the House-- right, than be speaker. And I think what he ought to do is say, 'We're going to do what's best for the country,'" said Leahy, D-Vermont.
Leahy has served in the Senate since the 1970s, and says he has never been as emotional giving a floor speech as he was talking about the role immigration played on both sides of his family.