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06/26/07-- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., talks to the media in the U.S. Capitol near the Senate chamber after the Senate took a significant step toward advancing a fragile immigration overhaul, agreeing to resume debate on legislation that had fizzled earlier this month. By a vote of 64-35, senators voted to limit debate on a motion to proceed to the bill (S 1639). That paved the way for debate on more than 20 amendments from members of both parties. Even though more than 60 senators agreed to debate the bill, that by no means guarantees its passage. Many critics of the measure have said they want to see what happens with the amendments before deciding whether to vote for the final product. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., will likely file a motion later Tuesday to end debate on the bill. That would set up a second cloture vote on Thursday that is expected to be the decisive vote on the measure. If that motion fails, the immigration overhaul could be lost for the 110th Congress. But if a cloture motion on the bill prevails, Senate passage is expected late Friday. The bill, sponsored by Massachusetts Democrat Edward M. Kennedy, would allow the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants to remain in the United States, obtain legal work visas and ultimately earn citizenship. Congressional Quarterly Photo by Scott J. Ferrell

06/26/07-- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., talks to the media in the U.S. Capitol near the Senate chamber after the Senate took a significant step toward advancing a fragile immigration overhaul, agreeing to resume debate on legislation that had fizzled earlier this month. By a vote of 64-35, senators voted to limit debate on a motion to proceed to the bill (S 1639). That paved the way for debate on more than 20 amendments from members of both parties. Even though more than 60...
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