Gang of Eight to delay rollout of immigration bill after Boston blasts

The Senate’s Gang of Eight will postpone the rollout of comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the wake of two bomb blasts that killed three people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, according to Senate aides. 

Dozens of people were hurt by the explosions, which authorities immediately suspected of being set off by terrorists.

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A Senate Democratic aide said the legislation will be released on Tuesday as scheduled but a press event set up with activists, business leaders and other stakeholders will be postponed.

A Senate Republican aide confirmed the press conference will not take place Tuesday.

The Republican members of the Gang of Eight briefed colleagues on the legislation Monday evening in the Senate’s Strom Thurmond Room. The Republicans on the Gang of Eight are Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine Senate eyes plan B amid defense bill standoff To counter China, the Senate must confirm US ambassadors MORE (Fla.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP senators appalled by 'ridiculous' House infighting MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace, Chris Christie battle over Fox News Trump's attacks on McConnell seen as prelude to 2024 White House bid MORE (Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback MORE (S.C.) and Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeRubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees Senate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel Flake, Cindy McCain among latest Biden ambassadors confirmed after delay MORE (Ariz.).  

The four Democrats are Sens. Charles SchumerChuck SchumerHospitals in underserved communities face huge cuts in reckless 'Build Back Better' plan GOP infighting takes stupid to a whole new level Progressive groups urge Schumer to prevent further cuts to T plan MORE (N.Y.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinFour questions that deserve answers at the Guantanamo oversight hearing Senate dodges initial December crisis with last-minute deal Conservatives target Biden pick for New York district court MORE (Ill.), Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezFive ways Senate could change Biden's spending plan Spending bill faces Senate scramble Republicans raise concerns over Biden's nominee for ambassador to Germany MORE (N.J.), and Michael BennetMichael Farrand BennetHickenlooper: Law preventing cannabis business banking 'a recipe for disaster' Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Sununu exit underscores uncertain GOP path to gain Senate majority MORE (Co.).

Sens. Schumer and McCain will visit the White House Tuesday to brief Obama on the legislation.

Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinWhat's that you smell in the Supreme Court? New variant raises questions about air travel mandates Progressive groups urge Feinstein to back filibuster carve out for voting rights or resign MORE (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Monday evening that terrorists were likely responsible for the Boston explosions.

“My understanding is that it’s a terrorist incident,” she said. “It could be foreign, it could be domestic.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBottom line Voters need to feel the benefit, not just hear the message Schumer-McConnell dial down the debt ceiling drama MORE (D-Nev.) called for a moment of silence in the upper chamber Monday evening. Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFeehery: The next Republican wave is coming Rift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power MORE (R-Ohio) did the same in the House.

Suspicion of a terrorist link to the death and maiming of dozens of people on American soil is certain to become a focus of members of Congress and likely to distract public attention from the Senate debates on gun-control and immigration reform legislation.

President Obama vowed Monday the individuals responsible for the carnage will be punished. 

“Make no mistake. We will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this. We will find out how they did this,” the president said in remarks from the White House. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”