Friday, May 31, 2013

Senate Democrats Plan June 10 Start on Immigration Bill

The Senate plans to start work during the week of June 10 on legislation to revise U.S. immigration law and create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, a spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

Spokesman Adam Jentleson said today that Democrats first want to complete work on legislation reauthorizing farm programs when the Senate returns next week from a one-week break. He said the chamber will then turn to the immigration measure, which the Judiciary Committee approved 13-5 on May 21.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Senate Immigration Bill Passes Major Hurdle

Washington - The Senate Judiciary Committee approved the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" immigration reform bill on Tuesday, sending the measure to the Senate floor for consideration and giving the bill's backers their first major legislative victory.
Members of the Democratic-controlled panel voted 13-5 in favor of the measure.
If enacted, the plan would constitute the first overhaul of the nation's immigration policy since 1986.
"The dysfunction in our current immigration system affects all of us and it is long past time for reform. I hope that our history, our values, and our decency can inspire us finally to take action," Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said.
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