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    Senate won't rush immigration bill, Harry Reid says

    Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate won't rush through an immigration reform bill as he tries to build Republican support.

    WASHINGTON The Democratic-led Senate, in a bid to win support from Republicans, plans a full-fledged debate on immigration reform, a decision that means it could be most of the year before any bill reaches President Obama, who has urged Congress to act in a "timely fashion.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said Thursday the bill would go through the traditional committee process and told senators he would schedule "whatever time you need" on the floor.

    The move is in stark contrast to how the Senate handled the failed 2007 immigration bill, which was written behind closed doors, circumvented the Judiciary Committee and was rushed to a vote. That effort collapsed under strong opposition from Senate Republicans who felt blindsided.

    "This time we're going to get Republican votes," Reid said, adding that the Senate would try to "legislate the way we are supposed to legislate.

    He said he thought the Senate could vote on a bill by summer and send it to the Republican-controlled House, where legislation that creates a path to legal status for 11 million illegal immigrants could face strong opposition.

    The longer process would allow the most sensitive issues, such as a pathway to citizenship, the number of future visas and increased border security, to be worked out through what is known as "regular order," the methodical way bills are considered and modified in the Senate.

    "It was a mistake not to go through committee process the last time, as difficult as it is," said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who was a part of the immigration task force six years ago and was one of four Democrats and four Republicans who unveiled a blueprint for an immigration bill on Monday.

    "One of our goals is to pass this not with 60 votes we want a large number of Republicans to vote for this because we think that will encourage the House to go forward and pass a bill," Schumer said.

    The timeline is much slower than the White House would like. Obama told the Spanish languagetelevision network Telemundo on Wednesday that he would like a bill by the end of June.

    "I think this is something that we should be able to get done certainly this year," he said, "and I'd like to see if we can get it done sooner, in the first half of the year if possible."

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    Hurrah! This is a very important victory. We can probably thank Senators Session and Vitter for this. Slowing the bill down is an important part of defeating it.

    But we are not out of the woods yet. Harry Reid is going to gamble on the main stream media's ability to deceive people to give this bill the time it needs to proceed.

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    Why the screeching brakes?

    Did the GOP grow a backbone, stand up and say "We're not giving amnesty to millions of illegal aliens."?

    No. That wasn't it.

    Answer is in four words: ROBERT MENENDEZ SEX SCANDAL

    If it hadn't been for this La Raza pervert getting undeniably caught with his sex organs in a little girl, and his best friend coming up owing the IRS million$, and caught red handed breaking the very law he voted for to protect children from sex predators, and unlawful travel as a U.S. Congressman (it took all of these, any one alone would probably never have gone reported), the GOP would be completely set to compromise our nation for what they think are a few million votes (which they would NEVER get).

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    ADDED TO ALIPAC HOMEPAGE News with amended title ..
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