Menendez Praises Judiciary Committee Vote in Favor of Immigration Reform Bill

Menendez Praises Judiciary Committee Vote in Favor of Immigration Reform Bill

“Our carefully crafted compromise withstood a tough series of poison pill amendments, and its passage out of the Judiciary Committee brings us a step closer to final passage by the senate.”

WASHINGTON DC -- Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the following statement after the Judiciary Committee voted to report the Gang of 8's bipartisan immigration reform proposal - S.744: The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013. The legislation is now headed for consideration before the full senate in June.

"I applaud my colleagues from the Senate Judiciary Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Patrick Leahy, for holding a successful mark-up of the Gang of 8 immigration reform proposal. After extensive consideration of hundreds of amendments, I am pleased to see that the original foundation of our legislation was not weakened.

"The wide range of amendments adopted were all made in good faith, and it is clear that there is consensus around the fact that we must fix our broken system once and for all. Our carefully crafted compromise withstood a tough series of poison pill amendments, and its passage out of the Judiciary Committee brings us a step closer to final passage by the senate.

"It's a long road ahead, and our work is far from done, but the diverse coalition that has formed in support of comprehensive immigration reform continues to grow. Members from the entire political spectrum continue to support the bipartisan proposal put forth; this is the right approach at the right time. I will continue to do everything I can to push this bill across the finish line, and I look forward to a thoughtful and fair debate in the senate floor."

A total of 48 Republican amendments were adopted

All amendments are available on the Senate Judiciary Committee's website: http://www.judiciary.senate.gov

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