Now wants to limit debates on the Immigration bill:
Immigration bill is causing sparks in Senate
Web Posted: 06/06/2007 12:53 AM CDT
Express-News Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan coalition of lawmakers sought to beat back threats to a fragile immigration-reform bill Tuesday as the Senate returned from a weeklong recess and moved to complete work on the legislation by week's end.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., moved to cut off debate over the objection of Republicans who want more amendments to be considered.
"When is enough, enough?" Reid said. "There has to be a limit."
Reid accused Republicans of trying to delay action on the bill.
"This is a bill that will never, ever make a majority of the Republicans happy. It doesn't matter what we do," he said.
But GOP lawmakers said they were being shut out of the process of writing the first sweeping reform of immigration law in four decades.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, said she has amendments to restrict undocumented workers' Social Security benefits and require those immigrants to return to their home country before permanent residence is granted.