Bombing Likely to Delay Immigration Bill

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Humberto Sanchez and David Harrison, Roll Call (Apr. 16, 2013)
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Bipartisan immigration overhaul legislation may not be released until at least Wednesday out of respect for the tragic events that took place during the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“We may delay it until Wednesday because of this Boston tragedy,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain is one of eight senators in the bipartisan group working to draft the bill, which they had hoped to unveil Tuesday.

Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who is also a member of the group, echoed McCain, noting that the delay in the bill’s unveiling was in deference to the victims of Monday’s bombing.

Their comments came after McCain, Flake and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., briefed Republican senators on the bill Monday night. Senate Democratic members of the group are expected to brief their colleagues Wednesday.

The GOP response was “generally favorable,” said McCain, who noted that many of his colleagues said they wanted to see the bill before making any decisions. “That’s understandable,” he said.

Flake agreed that the conversation inside the GOP meeting was positive and left him hopeful about the bill’s prospects.

“It was a good discussion,” he said. The senators’ reaction was “positive,” he added. “I’m more optimistic by the day.”

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, was more circumspect about the bill’s chances.

“They have worked real hard to satisfy a lot of people, but until you read the bill you really don’t know,” he said.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., who has been critical of the behind-closed-door process, was also very skeptical.

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