Senate takes another step toward passing immigration reform
June 26th, 2013
12:59 PM ET
10 months ago

Senate takes another step toward passing immigration reform

Washington (CNN) - A compromise amendment intended to ease congressional passage of sweeping immigration legislation easily won Senate approval Wednesday.

The 69-29 vote set up a procedural motion immediately afterward to limit debate on the roughly 1,200-page bill, which would provide an eventual path to citizenship for millions of immigrants living illegally in the country.

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    I swear you guys kill me with the whole "1,200 page bill" shenanigans. I would expect something that is comprehensive and as important as immigration reform to be laid out in detail. Duh! Legislators get paid to write law. Along with that job comes a fundamental requirement: READING!!!

    June 26, 2013 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. rs

    It has been well aknowledged that Immigration may clear the Senate (barring yet another progress blocking filibuster), it is the Republican rabble of the House that will certainly prevent any action.

    June 26, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. wild man

    what kind of message are we sending to the rest of the world, not only allowing other nation's people to break federal laws but now we are going to reward them for doing so. why can't the most powerful government in the world build and maintain a 700 mile fence along our southern boarder? the answer is scary and simple they don't want to. it is part of a larger agenda supported by republicans and democrats.

    June 26, 2013 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Turning out to be a great week to be a liberal. I seriously have trouble coming up with a scenario in which the GOP/Teatrolls could possibly have been handed more rope with which to piñata themselves. Immigration reform? House Teatrolls are going to either kill it outright or make a farce of the whole thing. VRA? Disappointing ruling but southern bigot red states all across the country are already promising, and some already passing, blatant attacks on the voting rights of minorities, the poor, elderly, disabled, youth voters, etc., which will all lead to a flood of constitutional challenges. Not to mention the fact that Dems will be proposing fixes to Sections 4 and 5 in both chambers of congress and the GOP...who voted en masse to reauthorize the VRA in 2006...will suddenly think this is their chance to completely kill it. And now a couple of positive gay marriage/rights rulings that will serve to shake the GOP hive even further, instigating GOP state legislatures to attempt to thwart it all, perhaps attempting nullification of full faith and credit, etc., and getting the religious whackos to go bananas spewing rhetoric that will only worsen the GOP's demographic woes. A good week to be a liberal indeed. Please proceed, GOPers...please proceed.

    June 26, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "I swear you guys kill me with the whole "1,200 page bill" shenanigans."

    No kidding...especially since how it has to be printed puts it in extremely large font with giant borders, such that it all looks like a little column down the middle of the page, which is why legislation piles on the pages so fast. Not to mention that it frequently includes all sorts of annotations that aren't really the statutory text itself.

    June 26, 2013 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "Legislators get paid to write law. Along with that job comes a fundamental requirement: READING!!!"
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    Know something, Dutch? The volume of pages in a bill is not directly proportional to the quality of the legislation. The case study being the so-called "Affordable" Care Act. Why aren't you outraged that the ACA was not read by those voting on it? Oh, that's right – it came from the left side of the aisle.

    June 26, 2013 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  7. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    The case study being the so-called "Affordable" Care Act.
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    You mean the Affordable Care Act that this Tea Party mom that comes to my clinic used to despise until she realized her special needs child couldn't be denied by her insurance company anymore due to the ACA. Maybe those on the far right (My patient's mother) should have read it rather than being hoodwinked by Faux News. This parent is the prime example of people voting against their own best interest.

    June 26, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Know something, Dutch? The volume of pages in a bill is not directly proportional to the quality of the legislation."

    Know something, Fair? Dutch never said it did and you're barking at a straw man.

    June 26, 2013 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    Know something, Dutch? The volume of pages in a bill is not directly proportional to the quality of the legislation. The case study being the so-called "Affordable" Care Act. Why aren't you outraged that the ACA was not read by those voting on it? Oh, that's right – it came from the left side of the aisle.
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    Had the Republicans attended the committee meetings, then they would have known what was in it.

    June 26, 2013 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Thank you fellas(Sniffit/Rudy) for justifying that to Fair.

    June 26, 2013 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Had the Republicans attended the committee meetings, then they would have known what was in it."

    More importantly, they did know what was in it. The spent all sorts of time poring over the legislation in order to find things to rely on in generating their demagoguery of it. Someone doesn't fabricate nonsense like "death panels" unless they've read something they think they can get away with mischaracterizing in that manner.

    June 26, 2013 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  12. Gop usa

    Illegal Mexicans should not be rewarded in any way shape or form. The only thing the illegal Mexicans deserve is a trip back to the Mexican border in the back of a cattle truck ,nothing more.

    June 26, 2013 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Thank you fellas(Sniffit/Rudy) for justifying that to Fair.
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    Oh, brother... can't you defend your own comments? Put on your big-boy pants for once, Dutch.

    June 26, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Guest

    Fools gold for the entilement society of the left. Obey your masters!

    June 26, 2013 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. sonny chapman

    Attention "Christian" Conservatives. " I was a stranger and you did/did not welcome me". Matthew 25,35.

    June 26, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  16. Steveo

    @Gop usa

    Illegal Mexicans should not be rewarded in any way shape or form. The only thing the illegal Mexicans deserve is a trip back to the Mexican border in the back of a cattle truck ,nothing more.
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    One problem with your assessment, Mexicans are not the only ones crossing the border.

    June 26, 2013 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Steveo

    @sonny chapman

    Attention "Christian" Conservatives. " I was a stranger and you did/did not welcome me". Matthew 25,35
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    If you read the Old Testament you will know that strangers in Israel still had to obey the Law.

    June 26, 2013 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "The only thing the illegal Mexicans deserve is a trip back to the Mexican border in the back of a cattle truck ,nothing more."

    Or hey, let's just make it train cars and a trip to a private prison industry facility that's sucking off the gov't teat, eh? We can call them something like...oh, I dunno..."work camps" or something and put up big signs that say "arbeit macht frei" in honor of our new Berlin Wall across the southern border. Waddya say?

    June 26, 2013 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  19. tom l.

    @Sniffit
    Ahhh, the soft bigotry of low expectations. So sad. You are the one that is so concerned with race with regards to everything. So concerned that you don't think that someone is capable of getting an ID.

    And for the record, I concur with both rulings by the Supreme Court. I am consistent. I see that our country has "progressed" and acknowledge that. Certainly if we have progressed with gay marriage, we have also progressed with racial discrimination with regards to voting.

    June 26, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  20. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP garbage of America will walk it back because they have no real desire to help anybody but themselves, the same old GOP heading to the dustbin of history like the nazi and communist party, that put their sick agenda before people!!!!!!

    June 26, 2013 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  21. Data Driven

    I try, not always successfully, to refrain from name-calling, but Chuck Grassley is the most annoying man in American. He irritates. He annoys. And he's so, very, very, dumb. It is intolerable that this individual is in a position of power in this country. Seriously - whenever I see him quoted in an article I get a visceral reaction comparable to discovering a rat on your kitchen floor. A hypocrite. A dumb hypocrite.

    While I'm against the bill because of the stupid border security pork and failure to address civil liberties, I may change my mind just because Chuck Grassley, the dumb, annoying hypocrite is against it also.

    June 26, 2013 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Certainly if we have progressed with gay marriage, we have also progressed with racial discrimination with regards to voting."

    Tell that to the massive congressional record from 2006 when the VRA was reauthorized....which showed that both Section 4 and Section 5 were still necessary...so convincingly, in fact, that the House passed it with a huge bipartisan 390 vote and the Senate passed it 98-0. The SCOTUS isn't supposed to replace Congress' determinations of whether it was necessary in light of current evidence...which, again, a massive congressional record showed it was. The VRA ruling was ideological nonsense and the single biggest instance of the SCOTUS legislating from the bench in our lifetimes.

    June 26, 2013 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  23. tom l.

    According to the CBO, this will only cut down illegal immigration by 25%. So what's the point?

    June 26, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  24. sonny chapman

    Steveo: I try to follow the Teachings of Jesus as found in the Four Gospels. " I did not come to judge you, but to save you. The WORD will judge you. Every word that I spoke comes not from me, but from the Father who sent me." John 12,48.

    June 26, 2013 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Zerubbabel

    Steveo

    If you read the new testament you would know that the old testament was replaced by the new testament. We are under the Law of Grace now.

    June 26, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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