Political Headlines May 21, 2013: Senate Judiciary Committee Passes Immigration Reform Bill 13-5 Now Moves to Full Senate

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Immigration Reform Bill Moves to Full Senate

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-21-13

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The bipartisan Senate “Gang of Eight” held together despite an onslaught of amendments and some efforts to kill its comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday night passed the bill 13-5, largely intact, to the full Senate for a vote….READ MORE

Full Text Obama Presidency May 21, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee Passing the Immigration Overhaul Bill

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Statement by the President

Source: WH, 5-21-13 

I congratulate the Senate Judiciary Committee on completing its work on S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.   Thanks to the leadership of Chairman Leahy and a bipartisan group of eight Senators, the legislation that passed the Judiciary Committee with a strong bipartisan vote is largely consistent with the principles of commonsense reform I have proposed and meets the challenge of fixing our broken immigration system. The process for considering this legislation has been open and inclusive with multiple hearings, and more than a hundred amendments were considered and adopted, in many cases with bipartisan support.  I applaud the Committee members for their hard work, especially “Gang of Eight” members Senators Schumer, Durbin, Graham and Flake.  None of the Committee members got everything they wanted, and neither did I , but in the end, we all owe it to the American people to get the best possible result over the finish line.  I encourage the full Senate to bring this bipartisan bill to the floor at the at the earliest possible opportunity and remain hopeful that the amendment process will lead to further improvements.

Political Headlines May 17, 2013: Immigration Overhaul: House “Gang of Eight” Has Agreement in Principle

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Immigration Overhaul: House Has Agreement in Principle

Source: ABC News Radio, 5-17-13

The House bipartisan “Gang of Eight” has reached an agreement in principle on immigration overhaul, including major points such as a pathway to citizenship, border security, health care and guest workers, a member of the group told ABC News Thursday night.

The lower chamber now expects to work out details next week before taking the Memorial Day break and introducing the bill June 4….READ MORE

Political Headlines May 6, 2013: Heritage Foundation Report Predicts ‘Gang of Eight’ Immigration Bill Will Cost $6.3 Trillion Price Tag

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‘Gang of Eight’ Immigration Bill Slapped with $6.3 Trillion Price Tag

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The conservative think tank, the Heritage Foundation, is out with a new report predicting sky-high costs — to the tune of $6.3 trillion — associated with the legalization of about 11 million undocumented immigrants if the “Gang of Eight” bill becomes law.

The report, “The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants and Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer,” is sure to be fodder for conservative lawmakers concerned about the political costs of supporting an immigration bill….READ MORE

Political Headlines April 16, 2013: Proposed Immigration Bill Has Widespread Senate Support

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Proposed Immigration Bill Has Widespread Support

Source: ABC News Radio, 4-17-13

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Senators John McCain, R-Ariz., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., emerged from a White House meeting Tuesday confident that President Obama supports the immigration reform bill they plan to introduce Tuesday night.

“While he certainly might not agree with every single part of it, he was very supportive of the bill we have put together and simply wants to make sure we keep moving it along and get something done,” Schumer told reporters at the White House….READ MORE

Political Headlines March 27, 2013: President Barack Obama Expects Immigration Reform Bill in April

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Obama Expects Immigration Bill in April

Source: ABC News Radio, 3-27-13

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President Obama expects an immigration bill to come before the Senate next month and voiced optimism that a final bill could pass through Congress this summer.

A bipartisan group of senators, known as the “Gang of Eight,” missed a self-imposed deadline to submit a comprehensive immigration reform bill by the end of March, sparking concern that the group had reached an unsolvable impasse.  But Obama said on Wednesday that the group is “actually making progress” and that they are very close to reaching a final agreement on a bill….READ MORE

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