Reid: ‘We can pass this bill before us’

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 CruzHot air balloon crash kills 16 in Texas 100 days to go in volatile race Voting Trump because of the Supreme Court isn't enough MORE (R-Texas) and John CornynJohn CornynKoch officials skeptical of Trump's alleged meeting invite Florida: 'High likelihood' of first Zika transmission in the US GOP senators to donors: Stick with us regardless of Trump MORE (R-Texas).

On Wednesday, Reid forced an agreement to hold votes on a handful of amendments after requesting a vote to table a border security amendment from Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulGreen party candidate: People have 'real questions' about vaccines What to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses MORE (R-Ky.).

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 HoevenMajority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention Death threats against senators remained on Twitter for 2 weeks Senate panel approves funding boost for TSA MORE (R-N.D.) and Bob CorkerBob CorkerTrump starts considering Cabinet Trump's secret weapon is Ivanka Senate Dems introduce Iran sanctions extension 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.

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