Friday, June 15, 2007

Senate to Bring Back Immigration

As of last night, the members of the Senate have been negotiating to bring the immigration reform debate back to the Senate floor before the Independence Day recess. Senator Reid (D) has announced that he wants the bill to be debated after the Senate finishes with the energy bill currently on the floor.

Though he wants to open debate for only a week, pass a motion for cloture and defeat a filibuster (which as been threatened by several Republicans), the grass doesn't look all that green. The bill, brought for debate a few weeks ago before the motion to end debate failed and it was yanked off the floor, is a controversial one and some Republicans (ahem, Senator Cornyn, the Republican from Texas) think that the Democrats are holding the security provisions hostage in exchange for "amnesty" for the 12.5 million undocumented individuals in the United States.

What will happen?

It seems likely that some variation of the bill will pass out of the Senate (possibly before the recess) and go into conference. Some of the problems (like 'deal breakers') will be fixed while in conference so there is still some hope yet.


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