Friday, June 15, 2007

Immigration Bill to Return to Senate Floor

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the immigration bill would return to the Senate floor after completion of the energy bill.

When the bill returns to the Senate floor, Senator Reid plans to add $4.4 bllion in guaranteed funding for border enforcement and other measures to be funded by the fees and penalties in the bill's new programs, he said in an official statement.

Under an agreement, each party is likely to be limited to about ten amendments, and votes could be completed in one or two days once the bill returns to the floor. According to Senator Reid, if the President and Republican Senators stall efforts, Democrats are prepared to work through weekends and the July 4 district work period.