The Senate won’t try to “big foot” the House on immigration reform, two key senators said Thursday following a White House meeting with President Obama.

Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said they were willing to work with House Republicans if the lower chamber moves bills in a piecemeal fashion, and said they were “encouraged” with the prospects for immigration reform.

“We are ready to negotiate,” McCain said. “We are ready to talk. We are ready to sit down with you.”

McCain and Schumer — two of the eight authors of the Senate’s immigration bill, said they felt better about immigration reform’s prospects in Washington given calls at a House GOP conference meeting on Wednesday by Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for the House to move forward.

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