WASHINGTON (TIP): Senators working to draft a new immigration border security amendment to the immigration bill fell short late Thursday, June 20 night and will try again Friday, June 21 morning, say reports. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (DNev.) said a core group of 20 senators had been working feverishly to complete the amendment spearheaded by Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sen. John Hoeven (RN. D.), but that it would have been “senseless” to keep the upper chamber in session past 10:30 p.m. because the legislative language likely wouldn’t have been ready until at least midnight.
“The amendment is ready but we have to make sure that it’s ready,” Reid said. “I’ve been to a few of these rodeos … we don’t want to want to have an amendment and then have to have to deal with it in some other way.”Opponents of the proposed border security measure and the underlying Gang of Eight bill criticized the process in which the amendment was being drafted and negotiated behind closed doors.
Sens. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) spoke on the floor of the Senate late into the night, calling the Corker-Hoeven measure “a political response to a failing piece of legislation, a dramatic, desperate attempt.”