The Senate had barely gaveled into session today when Majority Leader Harry Reid started threatening to spoil his colleagues’ weekend plans to try to prod action on a bipartisan immigration overhaul proposal.
“Unless we begin working on amendments soon, we will need to work through the weekend to finish before July 4,” the Nevada Democrat warned in a speech on the Senate floor.
Reid has been threatening a weekend session to work on the immigration bill because he wants to speed up consideration of dozens of amendments that have been filed on the measure which pairs a pathway to citizenship for 11 million immigrants in the U.S. without authorization with tighter border security efforts.
Nearly a full week after the Senate started considering the bill, the chamber has voted on just one amendment: Senators on June 13 defeated Iowa Republican Charles Grassley’s proposal to prohibit legal status for undocumented immigrants until the government shows it had “effective control” of the border for six months.
Republicans are insisting that stronger border security enhancements and limits on government benefits be included in the bill.