Leahy: Boston bombings exploited in immigration debate
April 22nd, 2013
11:45 AM ET
1 year ago

Leahy: Boston bombings exploited in immigration debate

Washington (CNN) – Partisan tempers flared at a Senate immigration hearing on Monday as top Democrats accused opponents of comprehensive reform legislation of using last week's Boston Marathon bombings to slow or even derail the bill.

"Last week, opponents of comprehensive immigration reform began to exploit the Boston marathon bombing," said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont.

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Filed under: Boston Marathon bombing • Immigration • Patrick Leahy • Senate
Boston terror fears raised at Senate immigration hearing
April 19th, 2013
03:02 PM ET
1 year ago

Boston terror fears raised at Senate immigration hearing

Washington (CNN) - A top Republican senator used the terror bombings in Boston to raise new questions on Friday about a bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, legislation that now faces growing questions from conservative critics.

Democrats shouldn't rush the legislative process "given the events of this week," Iowa's Chuck Grassley said at the opening of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nearly 900-page bill.

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Filed under: Immigration
April 13th, 2013
01:09 PM ET
1 year ago

'Gang of Eight' sets cutoff date for citizenship under immigration deal

Washington (CNN) - Any undocumented immigrant who entered the country after December 31, 2011, will not be eligible for citizenship under terms of the immigration deal set to be unveiled Tuesday by the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators, a Senate aide told CNN on Saturday.

Specifics of the program included in the legislation were among the details the eight senators - four Republicans and four Democrats - needed to iron out. Sources with knowledge of the matter told CNN this week the sweeping measure was on track to be unveiled Tuesday.
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Filed under: Immigration
April 12th, 2013
07:06 PM ET
1 year ago

With deal in hand, senators to roll out immigration plan

Washington (CNN) - The bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators crafting a deal on comprehensive immigration reform, having reached an agreement on all of the major issues, is set to unveil its plan on Tuesday, sources with knowledge of the matter said.

While some small details still need to be ironed out, negotiators were able to find common ground on one of the last significant hurdles - wages and visas for undocumented farm workers, two sources close to the talks confirmed on Friday.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
Springtime for immigration reform?
April 7th, 2013
08:36 AM ET
1 year ago

Springtime for immigration reform?

Washington (CNN) - Last November, Hispanic voters planted the seeds for serious immigration reform when they backed President Barack Obama by a record margin.

This April, we'll see if those seeds can grow in Capitol Hill's toxic partisan soil.

Two members from the House "Gang of Eight" on immigration reform will talk about their proposal on CNN's "State of the Union," starting at 9 a.m. ET

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Filed under: House • Immigration
Farm worker dispute holding up immigration bill
April 5th, 2013
04:26 PM ET
1 year ago

Farm worker dispute holding up immigration bill

Washington (CNN) – A sharp disagreement over the future treatment of undocumented workers on America's farms is holding up progress on the comprehensive immigration reform bill being considered by the Senate's so-called "Gang of Eight."

The two key sticking points are wages and the number of visas to be granted to undocumented farm workers, two sources close to the talks confirmed Friday.

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Filed under: Congress • Immigration
Senate approves spending measure, sends to House
March 20th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
1 year ago

Senate approves spending measure, sends to House

Washington (CNN) – The Senate approved legislation on Wednesday that would fund the government through the end of September and avoid a partial federal shutdown as well as soften the blow of sweeping spending cuts.

The measure, which passed the chamber in a 73-26 vote, now advances to the House of Representatives.
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Filed under: Budget • Senate
One day to cuts: What's Congress doing?
February 28th, 2013
12:20 PM ET
1 year ago

One day to cuts: What's Congress doing?

Washington (CNN) - There's only one day left before $85 billion in widely disliked spending cuts start to take effect. What are Congress and the president doing Thursday to deal with this self-inflicted crisis?

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Filed under: Budget • Congress • Deficit
Two days to cuts: What's Congress doing?
February 27th, 2013
01:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Two days to cuts: What's Congress doing?

Washington (CNN) – We now have only two days left before $85 billion in widely disliked spending cuts start to take effect. So what's Congress doing Wednesday to deal with this self-inflicted crisis?

Congressional leaders saw President Barack Obama on the Hill.

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Filed under: Congress • Debt • Deficit
Embattled Hagel clears key Senate hurdle
February 12th, 2013
05:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Embattled Hagel clears key Senate hurdle

Washington (CNN) - Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday narrowly approved the choice of Chuck Hagel to serve as President Barack Obama's next defense secretary, sending the controversial nomination to the full Senate.

Hagel's nomination cleared the committee in a straight party line vote. No Republicans backed the former Nebraska GOP senator, a decorated Vietnam veteran who has come under fire on a range of issues relating to American foreign policy in the Middle East and elsewhere.

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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • Senate
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