Immigration Reform Passes Key Senate Test

By Alan Silverleib, CNN Congressional Producer

Washington (CNN) – The Senate signaled its support on Monday for a bipartisan measure strengthening border security in the comprehensive “Gang of Eight” immigration reform bill, a sweeping blueprint that promises to overhaul America’s immigration policies for the first time since 1986.

The 67-to-27 vote was considered a key test of support for the bill as a whole, as the measure also includes language echoing most other parts of the legislation.

The Senate kept the vote open for a significant amount of time for lawmakers who experienced travel delays due to bad weather in Washington. Some senators did not make it in time.

Supporters needed at least 60 votes to move forward with the revised border security provisions, which were drafted partly to boost GOP support for the overall package.

Backers of the bill were hoping to win about 70 votes to demonstrate growing bipartisan momentum for the larger proposal as it nears final passage in the Democratic-controlled Senate and heads to the GOP-controlled House of Representatives.

Senate leaders are currently on track to hold a final vote on the bill itself before Congress breaks for its July 4 recess at the end of the week.

If enacted, the bill would create a path to citizenship for roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants.

“When the immigration bill passes, (GOP Speaker John Boehner) should bring it up for a vote in the House of Representatives quickly,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada.

“Mr. Speaker, rather than twisting the arms of tea party extremists, just work with moderates from both parties to pass bipartisan legislation.”

Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, a strong opponent of the bill, condemned “Republicans eager to go along with the Democrats in a mad rush to pass this bill.”

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  • Delia
    25 June 2013 at 4:47 am - Reply

    “Immigration reform passes key Senate test in 67-27 vote”

    That’s a lie.

    It’s not immigration. It’s invasion. This isn’t “comprehensive immigration reform”. It’s comprehensive amnesty legislation. And it’s headed to the House. House of Rep will not pass this Bill , Most of them said , DEAD ON ARRIVAL.

  • medeliaright
    25 June 2013 at 6:52 am - Reply

    So you are saying that this is a fabricated news?? SO, why are you still patronizing this website??

  • medeliaright
    25 June 2013 at 9:29 am - Reply

    Hide ! Hide ! Hide. Immigrants coming on your doors to alienate you !

  • jr(cathloic against extremeists)
    25 June 2013 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    Praise the Lord! TThey are finally realizing what the Founding Fathers said ages ago that that all men have certain inalienable rightsthat not even state/government nor parliament could violate. It is All human beings endowed by their cCreator with certain ialenable rights.