Sessions charges that immigration bill is ‘amnesty first’

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) criticized the Senate comprehensive immigration bill Friday, saying it would grant “amnesty first” and promises border enforcement later.

“In truth the bill is amnesty first with a promise of enforcement later,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Friday. “It devastates and weakens current law so that can never happen effectively.

“Because the whole crux of this is if we have amnesty, have a compassionate treatment of people who have violated our immigration laws, shouldn’t we have a policy that ends illegality in the future.”


Reid: Immigration reform work will be complete before July recess

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) praised the bipartisan efforts of the Gang of Eight as the Senate began debating a comprehensive immigration reform package Friday.

“I applaud the efforts of the Gang of Eight,” Reid said on the Senate floor. “The [immigration] system broken and it needs to be fixed.”


Toomey calls on Sebelius to change 'flawed' organ donation policy

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) called on Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Thursday to change an organ donation policy.

“The life of a small child depends on this,” Toomey said on the Senate floor. “We’re asking for a change in a policy that is flawed.”


Reid files motion to start work on immigration reform bill

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) filed a motion to end debate on proceeding to the Senate comprehensive immigration reform bill.

The Senate is expected to begin floor work next week on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.


Democrats call on administration to protect surviving spouses from foreclosure

A group of Democratic lawmakers urged members of the Obama administration Wednesday to protect surviving spouses from foreclosure.

“Surviving spouses throughout the country have found themselves in this troubling situation,” the lawmakers wrote in a letter. “These individuals, who also may be struggling with responsibility for medical bills, funeral costs, and other expenses while adjusting to a loss of income, are trapped without a means of preventing the loss of their homes.”


Brown announces bill to make China 'play fair,' stop currency manipulation

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said he would reintroduce his bill later this week to prevent China from manipulating its currency.

“How can we win the future when our manufacturers can’t win contracts because China doesn’t play fair?” Brown said. “In many ways China and so many of our trading partners practice trade according to their national interest. Yet we in the United States practice trade according to some economics textbook that has been out of print for the last 20 years.”


Sen. Paul: ‘Not one more cent to Egypt’

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that the United States should stop sending foreign aid “to countries that convict Americans of bogus crimes.”

“U.S. citizens who've committed no real crime shouldn't be treated in this manner, especially as we continue to send that country billions of American taxpayer dollars,” Paul said. “Not one more cent to Egypt. Not one more penny to countries that convict Americans of bogus crimes — not today, not tomorrow, not ever.”


Senators call for 'fair and free' elections in Iran

Sens. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) urged their colleagues Tuesday evening to join them in calling for “fair and free” elections in Iran.

“I hope colleagues will join in support for our resolution calling for free and fair elections and condemning the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Blumenthal said on the Senate floor.