Procedural votes poised to pass, prelude to Senate immigration fight
WASHINGTON — Senators prepared on Monday for the first votes in the full Senate on a landmark immigration bill, readying amendments on contentious issues including border security, back taxes and health care coverage.
The two votes scheduled for Tuesday afternoon are on procedural measures to allow debate to move forward on the far-reaching measure to remake immigration laws and offer eventual citizenship to some 11 million people in the nation illegally.
Both votes are expected to succeed by comfortable margins, because even some senators with deep misgivings about the bill say that the issue deserves a Senate debate.
The real fights will occur in the upcoming days and weeks, as Republican senators offer amendments they say are needed to strengthen the bill enough that they can vote in favor.
Some of these may pass; others are being dismissed by the bill's supporters as attempts to kill the bill.
One of the bill's authors, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., has said the legislation needs stronger border control measures if it is going to make it all the way to President Obama's desk. He's been supportive of an amendment announced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, to add new requirements on border security that need to happen before anyone can obtain a permanent residence green card.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Clinton: Women ‘expect’ extremism from terrorists, not GOP candidates
- US economy surged at 3.7 percent rate in April-June quarter
- Virginia reporter, cameraman killed on air; gunman also dies
- Kraft Heinz recalls more than 2M pounds of turkey bacon
- Dow, S&P, Nasdaq soar 4% despite China worries, but volatility expected to endure
- Affordable Care Act ‘Cadillace tax’ may prompt employers to trim health benefits
- Hawaii coral reefs under observation as dangerous bleaching expected again soon
- Legality of Planned Parenthood cuts disputed
- U.S. Embassy to Japan used private emails, watchdog finds
- Federal government’s Mercury Men fine-tune office temperatures
- Mexico institutes border checks