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June 17, 2007

Grand Bargainers Revive Senate Immigration Reform Bill

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 07061566 (posted Jun. 15, 2007)"

The bipartisan group of Senate “grand bargainers” announced Thursday, June 15, that they had reached a procedural agreement to revive the comprehensive immigration reform bill (Kennedy-Specter substitute to S. 1348) and return it to the Senate Floor for a final round of debate. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to bring the bill back to the Floor after the Senate completes work on the energy bill, most likely during the last week of June. Negotiators hope to put the legislation to a vote on final passage before the Independence Day recess, which begins on July 1.

The deal reached by the grand bargainers hinges upon agreement on a list of amendments to be considered before the vote on final passage of the bill. During last week’s debate, Republican senators argued that lawmakers had not given adequate consideration to amendments offered by Republican members. The final list of amendments agreed upon by Senate leaders is not yet available, but reports suggest that each party will be limited to 10-12 amendments, a small fraction of the hundreds of amendments that have been offered to the bill.

What You Can Do

Prepare to Call Your Senators:

Debate on the bill could resume as early as late next week, but will most likely take place during the last week of June. Prepare to take action as amendments come up for votes by programming your senators’ phone numbers into your cell phone and reading AILA’s materials on the Senate CIR debate on the CIR Featured Topics page at www.aila.org.

Urge the House to Get CIR Right:

If the grand bargainers’ agreement leads to passage of S. 1348 in the Senate, members of the House are expected to move forward with markup hearings on their own bill. Now is the time to urge the House to get it right and oppose inclusion of radical Senate proposals in the House bill. Write or call your representative today via Contact Congress!

Posted by VisaLawyer at June 17, 2007 05:37 AM


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