Reid derides sanctuary cities bill as the 'Donald Trump Act'
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidGOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November Durbin: Democrats can 'slow' Supreme Court confirmation 'perhaps a matter of hours, maybe days at most' Supreme Court fight pushes Senate toward brink MORE (D-Nev.) slammed a bill to crackdown on so-called "sanctuary cities" ahead of a procedural vote this week, calling it "the Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE Act" and "vile." 

"This vile legislation might as well be called the Donald Trump Act, like the disgusting outrageous language championed by Donald Trump," the Democratic leader said. "Republicans are not really proposing this bill to solve any problems within our immigration system. This Donald Trump Act was designed to demonize immigrants and spread the myth that they are criminals and threats to the public." 
 
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His remarks come as the Senate will hold a procedural vote on taking up legislation from Sen. David VitterDavid Bruce VitterLysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic Bottom line Bottom line MORE (R-La.) that would limit federal funding for cities that don't comply with federal immigration law and increase penalties for undocumented immigrants. Trump, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, created a political firestorm earlier this year when he said Mexican immigrants are criminals and rapists.
 
Vitter's legislation will face an uphill, if not impossible, climb to get the 60 votes needed to overcome Tuesday's procedural hurdle. If every Republican supported the legislation, Vitter would still need six Democratic votes. 
 
Reid, however, suggested that Democrats would block the proposal, adding that "the Republican leader shouldn't waste the Senate's time on legislation that he knows won't pass. This legislation is not going to pass. He knows that. We all know that." 
 
Instead, he suggested that Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump, GOP aim to complete reshaping of federal judiciary Supreme Court fight should drive Democrats and help Biden Harris on SCOTUS fight: Ginsburg's legacy 'at stake' MORE (R-Ky.) focus on legislation that would raise the debt ceiling ahead of a Nov. 3 deadline or pass a long-term highway funding bill. 
 
Democrats have repeatedly criticized Republicans for setting up "show" votes since taking over the majority in January. Separately Democratic leadership on Monday blasted out data from the Congressional Research Service suggesting that the current Senate is on track to be the least productive in recent history. 
 
According to the CRS memo, while the current Senate has passed more legislation or resolutions than the previous two Congress', it's trailing behind on nominations.