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Featured Issue: S. 744: Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act

On 06/27/2013, the Senate passed S.744 on a vote of 68-32.

On 06/26/2013, starting 11:30 am, the full Senate took 3 votes to waive a budget point of order, to adopt the Leahy 1183 amendment, and to end debate on S.744 as reported out by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The budget point of order was waived on 68-30 vote.

The Leahy 1183 amendment (as modified by the Corker-Hoeven amendment) passed on a 69-29 vote.

The cloture vote on S.744 SJC Substitute passed on a 67-31 vote.

On 06/24/2013 at 5:30pm the full Senate voted to end debate on the Leahy 1183 amendment as modified by the Corker-Hoeven amendment. (AILA Doc. No. 13062165.) Today’s cloture vote, while technically on an amendment that includes highly problematic border reforms, will likely be the decisive vote on the Senate immigration bill. In addition, the Congressional Budget Office released a new score of the bill based on the amendment.

The amendment passed on a 67-27 vote.

Here a few highlights from debate on the vote to end debate.

2:20pm: Sen. Corker (R-TN): This amendment strengthens the border security aspects of the bill, and all Republicans, all Senators, who care about border security should vote for this bill. Governor Brewer of Arizona told a national audience that she thinks this amendment is a victory for her state.

2:15pm: Sen. Leahy (D-VT): This is not the bill that I would have written, but I will support this amendment today because I believe it is the best compromise to get the underlying bill passed.

2:24pm Sen. Lee (R-UT): We're about to vote to end debate, a debate that never really began, on an amendment that is 1200 pages that we've only had over the weekend. This is reminiscent of Obamacare. Unfortunately, it seems there are some Republicans willing to go along with the Democrats in passing of the bill. Only 9 amendments have been debated.

Starting 6/10/13 the full Senate began debating S.744.

Read AILA's take on different provisions of the bill as voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Between 5/9/13 and 5/21/13 the Senate Judiciary Committee debated, amended and, eventually, successfully voted out of committee S.744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act."

On 4/16/13, the Senate "Gang of Eight" introduced S. 744, the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act."

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 13041760.

Senate Floor Debate (Updated 6/20/13)

AILA’s comprehensive coverage of the Senate’s debate of S.744, the bipartisan immigration reform bill, starting 6/10/13. Includes a listing of all amendments filed, debated and voted on during the floor debate.
AILA Doc. No. 13061446

Senate Judiciary Committee Markup

AILA’s comprehensive coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee Markup of S.744, the bipartisan immigration reform bill. Includes live updates and summaries of all five days of markup, plus text of all amendments offered and voted on during the debate.
AILA Doc. No. 13060500