Senate: Immigration Bill by July 4

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Demonstrators, seeking change in immigration policy, march in Los Angeles, California, on May 1, 2013.

The Senate’s Democrats, hoping to approve a sweeping revision of U.S. immigration laws by July 4, plan to start work on the bill the week of June 10, Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, said today.

The goal, he said, is to complete work on legislation reauthorizing farm programs when the Senate returns next week from a one-week break before turning to the immigration measure, which the Judiciary Committee approved 13-5 on May 21.

“We would like to finish the farm bill next week so we can move on to immigration the week of the 10th,” Jentleson said in an e-mail, adding that Reid, a Nevada Democrat, would “strongly prefer not to wait any longer” to begin working on the immigration bill.

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