Ryan's advocacy is clashing with GOP Speaker John Boehner, who said today that "we'll do our own bill." It's unlikely that Ryan's advocacy would overtake Speaker Boehner's desire to do a completely separate House bill, or do take up different immigration provisions on a piecemeal basis. But Ryan's advocacy continues to be notable in the face of a conservative opposition that continues to line up against the Senate's approach - especially considering his stature in the conservative movement.
With Senate passage of a sweeping immigration bill imminent, Ryan has been meeting with House conservatives to persuade them that reform of the immigration system, including a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, is an economic necessity and critical to fixing the nation's fiscal problems.
"I would bet you a nickel that he has had more face time with each member than anyone else in the caucus," said [Grover] Norquist, an influential conservative who also believes immigration reform is vital to the economy.