Reid said senators are still working on an amendment agreement, but even if one isn’t reached by noon, the Senate will vote to table another GOP amendment. The only two Republican amendments pending are from Sens. Ted CruzTed CruzTrump to interview four candidates for national security adviser Milo Yiannopoulos to speak at CPAC Reports: Petraeus off the list, Trump down to three candidates to replace Flynn MORE (R-Texas) and John CornynJohn CornynComey meets Intel senators amid uproar over Trump-Russia ties Corker: Senate GOP discussing best path for Russia probe Senate GOP leaders urge WH to withdraw Puzder nomination: report MORE (R-Texas).
The Senate is considering the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act. Reid said there is “no reason” why the Senate can’t meet his goal of finishing work on the bill before the July 4 recess.
The bipartisan group of eight senators, known as the Gang of Eight, introduced S. 744, which would create a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants already in the country, toughen border security, create a guest-worker program and boost high-skilled immigration.
Republicans have complained that the legislation would provide amnesty in 13 years for the nearly 11 million illegal residents before strengthening border enforcement.
Sens. John HoevenJohn HoevenGOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget Dem senator: DeVos bigger threat to education than grizzlies Senate set for high-noon vote to confirm DeVos MORE (R-N.D.) and Bob CorkerBob CorkerGOP Congress unnerved by Trump bumps Trump makes nuclear mistake on arms control treaty with Russia The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Tenn.) are working on a border security amendment that could lure more GOP support for the bill. Reid said he’s open to accepting that agreement as long as it doesn’t harm the pathway to citizenship.