Reid: On Immigration Bill, Republicans Continue Obstructionism

07 Jun, 2007, 01:00 ET from Office of the Speaker of the House

    WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senate Majority Leader
 Harry Reid made the following statement today after Republicans voted
 against ending debate on the immigration reform bill:
     "I am deeply disappointed that so many of our Republican colleagues
 have blocked tough, fair and practical immigration reform. The White House
 has had six months to work with Senate Republicans toward a solution, yet
 it failed to show the necessary leadership to get this bill passed.
     "Senate Democrats have given Senate Republicans ample time to amend
 this bill, twice extending the timeline for debate. We have gone out of our
 way to make this process fair and equitable, moving through more than 40
 amendments -- including 20 yesterday alone. Yet as much as they talk about
 the importance and urgency of immigration reform, a group of Senate
 Republicans has irresponsibly turned its back on border security and the 12
 million people who are living in the shadows of our society. The
 immigration system remains broken. Senate Republicans and the White House
 must come to the table in good faith if we are to fix it."
     CONTACT: Federico A. de Jesus, (202) 224-2939
 
 

SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House
    WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senate Majority Leader
 Harry Reid made the following statement today after Republicans voted
 against ending debate on the immigration reform bill:
     "I am deeply disappointed that so many of our Republican colleagues
 have blocked tough, fair and practical immigration reform. The White House
 has had six months to work with Senate Republicans toward a solution, yet
 it failed to show the necessary leadership to get this bill passed.
     "Senate Democrats have given Senate Republicans ample time to amend
 this bill, twice extending the timeline for debate. We have gone out of our
 way to make this process fair and equitable, moving through more than 40
 amendments -- including 20 yesterday alone. Yet as much as they talk about
 the importance and urgency of immigration reform, a group of Senate
 Republicans has irresponsibly turned its back on border security and the 12
 million people who are living in the shadows of our society. The
 immigration system remains broken. Senate Republicans and the White House
 must come to the table in good faith if we are to fix it."
     CONTACT: Federico A. de Jesus, (202) 224-2939
 
 SOURCE Office of the Speaker of the House