Feb. 4 (Bloomberg) — Most Republicans in the U.S. House oppose moving forward on immigration legislation even with widespread support among lawmakers for a framework from party leaders, said a key House Republican working on the issue.

"That's still an uphill battle," Representative Mario Diaz-Balart, a Florida Republican, said Tuesday at a Bloomberg Government breakfast in Washington.

Diaz-Balart, 52, put the chances of getting a bill through the House this year at about 30 percent. Republicans are wary of overshadowing the party's election-year message to repeal or revise President Barack Obama's health-care law, he said.

"That's the toughest argument against us," said Diaz- Balart, who has spent many of his 11 years in the House working on immigration policy. Other lawmakers don't trust Obama to implement border security, he said.

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