The full Senate will begin voting on the immigration bill next week, and Gang of Eight Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said yesterday that he believes the bill could pass by July Fourth.
When speaking to public affairs program “Meet the Press” yesterday, Schumer said:
“We are hoping to get 70 votes, up to 70 votes, which means a lot of Republicans. And we’re willing to entertain amendments that don’t damage the core principles of the bill, but improve the bill – just as we did in [the Judiciary] committee. We came out of the committee very strong.”
If Schumer is right with his prediction, the bill will be sent to the House of Representatives where it will have a hard time getting approved. Two interviews with Representatives yesterday confirm how uncertain the future of the bill really is.
On public affairs show, “State of the Union,” Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) firmly said, “That Senate bill is not going to move in the House.”
For months, a bipartisan group of Representatives have been working on a set of immigration bills. The House is more interested in smaller bills than a large comprehensive reform bill like the one the Senate will vote on.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) was interviewed on Fox News and he said that the House believes it’s better to do smaller bills.
The bipartisan group of representatives will likely consider including some of the measures of the senate bill, but their measures could be more strict.
Even though details on the House immigration bill have yet to be released, two weeks ago the bipartisan group of representatives announced they had come to an agreement.
More on Immigration Reform:
- Immigration Reform 2013
- Gang of 8
- Earned Citizenship
- Streamlining Immigration
- Strengthening Border Security
- More Accountability for Employers Hiring Undocumented Immigrants