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Sessions: Why Is Reid Blocking Amendments on Immigration Bill?

5:49 PM, Jun 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican from Alabama, asked on the Senate floor why the body should vote to give majority leader and Nevada Democrat Harry Reid "procedural control" over the debate over the Gang of Eight's immigration bill. Sessions, speaking Monday afternoon against a motion to close debate on the bill, pointed out that the so-called Corker-Hoeven border security amendment to the immigration bill isn't really an amendment at all.

"It was filed as a complete substitute to the whole [Gang of Eight] bill," Sessions said. Reid then moved to invoke cloture on the newly written immigration bill, effectively taking control of the amendment process by not allowing amendments from those senators seeking to offer their own amendments.

"This is a vote this afternoon to give majority leader Reid procedural control of the debate," Sessions said. "It's his motion to shut off debate on a 1200-page substitute, 200 pages more than the bill we were looking at last week, and [one] no one has read." Watch the whole video below:

The Senate is currently voting on the cloture motion, on which two unions representing immigration services and border patrol employees are urging senators to vote against and allow for debate on the amended bill to continue. Both union representatives say the updated bill would worsen the immigration situation.

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