Reid to Bring Immigration Bill Before Full Senate in June

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Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — After the Senate Judiciary passed the Gang of Eight’s immigration legislation Tuesday night out of the committee, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid promised to bring the bill before the full Senate in June.

“I will bring this bill, which is a strong, bipartisan bill, to the floor in June, sometimes soon after we’ve returned from the Memorial Day work period,” Reid, D-Nev., said on the Senate floor Wednesday morning.

The Gang of Eight’s bill underwent a painstaking 24-day process through the Senate Judiciary Committee during which over 120 amendments were considered. The bill passed out of committee by a 13-5 vote late Tuesday night.

Reid said with the vote the bill has momentum heading into its next hurdle, getting through the full Senate.

“Although neither Republicans nor Democrats will support each and every aspect of this legislation, it’s gratifying to see the momentum behind these reforms,” Reid said, “that’s how we move legislation forward, for the greater good. Compromise.”

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