by Jim Nintzel
The New York Times is reporting that Sen. Harry Reid wants to wrap debate and vote on the Kennedy-Kyl immigration package by the end of the week.
The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, said Tuesday that he would try to force an end to debate on a comprehensive immigration bill, leaving the fate of the legislation in question.
Mr. Reid, Democrat of Nevada, said the Senate would vote Thursday on whether to limit debate, a process that requires 60 votes to succeed. He said he would pull the bill if he failed to get the necessary votes.
Seems a little unsettling to us that lawmakers are expected to essentially rubber-stamp the grand bargain--especially since the Congressional Budget Office has just managed to release its analysis of the bill. (If you don’t feel like reading it cover to cover, The Washington Post has a good breakdown.)
But hey: Why should senators worry about having time to digest the actual impact of the legislation?