Senate Revives Immigration Bill

Debate on controversial measure, numerous amendments to resume after 2-week hiatus
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2007 1:46 PM CDT
Senate Revives Immigration Bill
President Bush arrives to speak about comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House compound in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2007. Bush prodded Congress to take advantage of an "historic opportunity" to overhaul the nation's immigration...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – The Senate breathed new life into the stalled immigration bill today, voting to resume debate on the signature legislation of President Bush's second term. With a slew of amendments waiting in the wings, passage is hardly a sure thing, the Times reports, but the bipartisan coalition that crafted the measure took heart.

The bill opens the "pathway to legalization" to 12 million illegal immigrants, said majority leader Harry Reid, who supervised the parliamentary maneuvering that led to today's cloture vote. The 64-35 vote to take up the bill spotlights a GOP rift that extends to the White House; Reid predicts failure if Bush can't enlist 25 or so Republican votes in favor. (Read more immigration stories.)

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