McConnell: Senate needs to move on from immigration

McConnell: Senate needs to move on from immigration
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBudowsky: Pelosi can break shutdown stalemate GOP seeks to change narrative in shutdown fight On The Money: Shutdown Day 32 | Senate to vote on dueling funding measures | GOP looks to change narrative | Dems press Trump on recalled workers | Kudlow predicts economy will 'snap back' after shutdown MORE (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that three days is enough to wrap up the immigration debate and the Senate needs to move on to other issues.

“We have other things to do,” he said in response to a question about whether he'd allow the floor debate, which began on Monday, to continue beyond the week.

McConnell argued that senators are well-versed in the issue after passing comprehensive immigration reform in 2013 and negotiating behind closed doors in recent months.

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“This is an issue we’ve been talking about literally for years,” he told reporters after a GOP policy lunch.

“We spent three months talking to the Democrats about this,” he said of recent talks.

McConnell pushed back on a suggestion from one reporter that he is tilting the playing field by voicing support for a GOP plan that codifies President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE’s four-point immigration proposal.

“I’m not trying to dictate to [Democrats],” he said, but also chastised them for blocking a vote in an amendment backed by Sen. Pat ToomeyPatrick (Pat) Joseph ToomeyOvernight Defense: Pick for South Korean envoy splits with Trump on nuclear threat | McCain blasts move to suspend Korean military exercises | White House defends Trump salute of North Korean general WH backpedals on Trump's 'due process' remark on guns Top GOP candidate drops out of Ohio Senate race MORE (R-Pa.) addressing so-called sanctuary cities.

“We need to get to started on the debate,” he said.

McConnell is expected to file cloture on Tuesday afternoon on several immigration proposals, setting up votes on Thursday unless there is unanimous consent to act sooner.