Immigration Bill Fans, Foes Take to Airwaves

Senators launch PR offensive in run-up to crucial vote
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2007 1:19 PM CDT
Immigration Bill Fans, Foes Take to Airwaves
This photo provided by Fox News Sunday shows Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., right, on "Fox News Sunday", in Washington on Sunday, June 24, 2007. On the immigration reform bill which awaits a crucial test vote in the Senate this week, Lott said, "I'm not committed to voting...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – This week's debate over the immigration bill, which is headed for a nail-bitingly close Senate vote, started on the Sunday talk shows. The improbable coalition behind the legislation—which President Bush supports—faces a tough job, Jeff Sessions made clear. The Alabama Republican vowed to "use every effort to slow this process down and continue to hold up the bill."

Ted Kennedy, a leader of the bipartisan group that crafted the measure, said it addresses "a terrible problem that demands an answer," but the "undecided" column seems to be expanding. Trent Lott appeared to back off his support, saying he's "not committed to voting for the final product. But I am committed to trying." (Read more immigration reform stories.)

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