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Senate Passes Immigration Bill, Future In House Looks Difficult

OPB | June 27, 2013 3:09 p.m. | Portland

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The U.S. Senate passed a sweeping immigration bill Thursday. It offers citizenship to millions, while promising tough border security. 

All six senators representing West Coast states voted in favor of the bill.  The overhaul passed with a 68 to 32 vote. 

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer was present during the Senate vote. He says the bill received bipartisan support, which included 14 votes from Republicans.

This means we’ve got a viable proposal that can get bipartisanship support. I think it’s going to have increasing support from the general public and the pressure is going to build.”

Blumenauer says a group within the House of Representatives has been meeting to discuss immigration reform.

But Republican House Speaker John Boehner says the Senate bill as it stands will not get a vote in the House. 

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