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Reid sticks to Immigration causing upset stomachs for both parties……

Senate Majority Leader is intent on moving the Immigration Bill up to next on the schedule to the chagrin of Republican’s and Democrats alike….

The subject is toxic for both parties and the right now th votes aren’t there for passage…

This Bill will probably rival the Healthcare Bill

Democrats are afraid that any chance they have of keeping both Houses of Congress could down in flames…..

Republicans are happy feeling that if they hold tight against Immigration that they will be able to make dramatic gains in the South and MidWest along with states with high unemployment still…..

The whole thing is gonna make the Current Wall Street Financial Bill’s passage look like picnic….

Everyone can thank the State of Arizona for helping to put the Bill in the spot light…..

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid rejected a proposal from supporters of a stalled Senate energy bill that would move immigration reform through the regular committee process on a priority basis and allow the energy bill to move forward on the Senate floor.

The proposal would tentatively set action on immigration for November, after the midterm elections — a delay that even some Democrats would welcome.

“Such an idea might have been floated by someone, but as far as I can tell, it’s a nonstarter,” said Jim Manley, a Reid spokesman. “For what it’s worth, I have never heard of fast-tracking something through the regular committee process, especially the Judiciary Committee, where the debates are usually long, sharp and fierce.”

Sens. Kerry, Graham and Lieberman had planned to unveil their package on Monday.

The swift rejection of the potential compromise came a day after the energy reform package was sent to the Environmental Protection Agency for analysis — a sign that the measure’s co-sponsors, Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), have not given up on it.

In a meeting with reporters on Capitol Hill, Kerry said the trio were still “working very hard and constructively to pull pieces back together.”

Kerry acknowledged that they “don’t have an agreement yet with respect to immigration, but people are really working constructively to get there. Harry Reid is doing everything he can, and Sen. Graham is doing everything responsible, and we’re hoping to move in the right direction.”

Asked if he might move forward without Graham, Kerry didn’t rule out the idea but said, “I don’t want to even consider that at this point in time.”

The proposed schedule was presented to Reid as a way of settling a dispute that erupted over the weekend on which measure should be taken up first in the Senate.

Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), whose home state touched off the controversy, said: “I think a lot of people, including some Democrats, understand that until we have a more sincere effort to control borders and enforce the law, the conditions to pass comprehensive immigration reform don’t exist.”

Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) concurred. “Clearly, it’s time to get the borders secured. Then I think you can talk about immigration reform,” Nelson said.

Asked if she believed the Senate should next move to immigration, centrist Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said flatly: “I do not.”

“I think it’s time to move to an energy and climate change bill, and there’s been a tremendous amount of work that’s gone into that,” Landrieu said. “I know immigration reform is important … in terms of jobs and economic stability. I said this a year and a half ago — it should be health care first and energy second.”

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, downplayed the political impact an immigration debate would have on red state Democrats, including Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas.

Graham and other Republicans have accused Democrats of trying to expedite the issue to galvanize Hispanic supporters who could tip the scales in races this fall — including Reid’s tightly contested reelection campaign in Nevada.

But Menendez, who is just the third Hispanic to serve in the Senate, said Graham “overreacted” to Reid’s push to get the bill done this year. “With all due respect to Lindsey, I don’t think any single senator can dictate what the agenda of the Senate is,” he added.

Still, he nodded to the complex politics of such a debate and urged the White House to have a bipartisan summit to determine whether any other Republicans would be open to a bill.


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