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Business lobby seeks major push on immigration

WASHINGTON — The president of the US Chamber of Commerce says the nation’s biggest business lobby intends to “pull out all the stops” to pass an overhaul of immigration laws. That would place the chamber on the side of President Barack Obama on one of the White House’s top legislative priorities of the year.

Chamber President Tom Donohue cast his organization as both an ally and a rival of the administration on Wednesday. He indicated support for Obama’s stance on immigration and also the president’s push for global trade agreements. He distanced himself from some Republicans by saying he doesn’t envision a repeal of Obama’s health care law. But he said the chamber would seek to eliminate health care taxes and delay or do away with a mandate on businesses to provide health care to employees.

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