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June 23, 2013
Reid: Immigration bill will be 'finished by recess'
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says that he expects the immigration reform bill to be done by the 4th of July recess. That doesn't give opponents very much time to bring pressure to bear on GOP Senators to opppose the bill. Reid has scheduled a vote on Monday on the controversial "border security" plan hashed out by Senators Corker and Hoeven last week. He expects to have a cloture vote on the entire bill on Thursday. The Hill: The amendment from Hoeven and Corker would require the construction of 700 miles of southern border fencing, the purchase of more than $3 billion in new technology for border security and the hiring of 20,000 more border patrol agents. The Department of Homeland Security would have 10 years to implement those requirements. Supporters of the Senate bill hope to win at least 70 votes in support of their legislation, which they believe would build pressure on the House to take up the measure. House Republicans have criticized the Senate bill,...(Read Full Post)