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June 26, 2007

Senate to Vote Tuesday to Proceed with CIR Debate

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has scheduled a procedural vote on a motion to proceed with the Senate immigration reform bill (S. 1639) for Tuesday, June 26, 2007. If the motion passes with 60 or more votes, senators will begin debate on a negotiated list of 24 amendments, split evenly between the two parties.

Debate and votes on the amendments will continue until the morning of Thursday, June 28, at which point the bill will be put to a second procedural vote to limit debate. If it passes with 60 or more votes, the Senate will have 30 hours of additional time to debate and vote on the outstanding amendments. If the bill survives this procedural gauntlet, a vote on final passage could occur late on Friday or possibly Saturday.

This schedule is tentative, and the negotiated list of amendments remains in flux. Please stay tuned to InfoNet for more information on amendments, timing, and action alerts throughout this week.

What You Can Do:

Prepare to call your senators about upcoming amendments! Join our rapid response cell phone campaign by programming your senators' phone numbers into your cell phone. Also, find out how your senators voted during the last round of debate on the Key Votes page of Contact Congress.

Learn more about the Senate immigration bill. Read the text of S. 1639 or browse AILA's analysis and summaries of key provisions at www.aila.org

Contact your U.S. representative and urge him or her to get it right on CIR! If S. 1639 passes the Senate, the House of Representatives will begin marking up its own immigration reform 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!

Posted by VisaLawyer at June 26, 2007 05:44 AM

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