Reid derides sanctuary cities bill as the 'Donald Trump Act'
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' The Memo: Biden seeks a secret weapon — GOP voters Tensions flare over Senate filibuster 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 TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech 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 VitterBiden inaugural committee to refund former senator's donation due to foreign agent status Bottom line Lysol, Charmin keep new consumer brand group lobbyist busy during pandemic 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 McConnellHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Democrats see opportunity in GOP feud with business Biden resists calls to give hard-hit states more vaccines than others 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.