Monday, March 12, 2007

Christian Science Monitor: Capitol Hill closes in on immigration reform

from the March 13, 2007 edition
By Gail Russell Chaddock Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON - After weeks of closed-door negotiations, lawmakers say they are close to unveiling a plan for comprehensive immigration reform. Unlike last year, when the House and Senate passed vastly different bills, comparable bills are likely to emerge on both sides of the Capitol, including a guest-worker program and a path to "earned citizenship" for some 12 million people in the US illegally.

But lawmakers and aides working the issue say they will need at least 20 Republican votes in the Senate and from 40 to 80 in the House to move legislation this year. Before facing a floor fight, they want to be sure that they have crafted a deal broad enough to secure them.


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