For all the soothing words she heard from fellow Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Mazie Hirono of Hawaii never had a chance to win a relatively modest change to far-reaching immigration legislation.
Senior Senate Judiciary Committee member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) joined with House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on Thursday to write directly to President Barack Obama to “express concern over the exclusion...Show More Summary
According to Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), the so-called Gang of Eight’s immigration reform bill does not have enough votes at this point to pass the Senate. Even though the bill has exited the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 13-5 vote, Menendez says that it will not receive 60 votes thanks to Republican opposition. Show More Summary
Just over a year ago, the Senate Judiciary Committee held its first hearing on racial profiling in over a decade on the heels of the murder of 17-year-old Florida resident Trayvon Martin. His death gave a face to the terrible practice...Show More Summary
This week, the Senate Judiciary Committee completed its work on the "Gang of 8" Amnesty Bill. The full Senate is expected to take up the legislation the first week of June, when it returns from Memorial Day recess. On Thursday, House...Show More Summary
By Scottie Thomaston The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday rejected pro-LGBT amendments to the “comprehensive” immigration reform bill, and as EqualityOnTrial noted yesterday, four Democrats also opposed inclusion of the amendments. Show More Summary
On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) spoke out at the Senate Judiciary Committee with regard to the so-called Gang of 8’s immigration bill. Cruz stated that the bill might do more harm than good: “Number one, it doesn’t stop illegal immigration. Show More Summary
Sharita Gruberg is a Policy Analyst for the LGBT Immigration Project at the Center for American Progress. On Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee had the opportunity to consider changes to the immigration reform bill that would have provided much needed relief to same-sex binational couples. Those changes would have improved the bill by staying true [...]
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a sweeping immigration reform bill on Tuesday, but only after sifting through more than 200 amendments. The bill would give the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants a 13-year pathway...Show More Summary
On Tuesday, a landmark immigration bill that would put 11 million undocumented immigrants on the path to U.S. citizenship cleared he Senate Judiciary Committee, but not before Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) added an amendment requiring additional...Show More Summary
Washington (CNN) - Advocates for comprehensive immigration reform won their first major legislative victory this week when the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to approve the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" plan. If enacted, the measure will create a 13-year path to citizenship for most of the country's 11 million undocumented immigrants.
Ahead of President Obama's big counterterrorism speech tomorrow, Attorney General Eric Holder has written a letter, obtained by the New York Times, to the Senate Judiciary Committee disclosing the four American citizens killed by targeted...Show More Summary
By ALAN VAN CAPELLE I am grateful that the Senate Judiciary Committee successfully passed a bill that, for millions of aspiring Americans, will create a path to citizenship. But the bill is incomplete and unjust. I am gravely concerned that Judiciary Committee members failed to stand up and fight for immigration equality for LGBT couples. [...]
Washington (CNN) - Counterterrorism drone strikes have killed four Americans overseas since 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder acknowledged on Wednesday. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, Holder said the United States specifically targeted and killed one U.S. Show More Summary
It's been a good week for proponents of immigration reform. The sweeping bill that seeks to legalize most of the country's 11 million unauthorized immigrants was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday night, after five full days of debate and amendments that did little to significantly change the original compromise. So, what's next [...]
THIRTEEN to five. That was the lopsided vote by which the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the immigration-reform bill it has been working on for the past few weeks. All ten of the committee’s Democrats voted for the bill, along with three Republicans, in spite of much greater scepticism in their party on the subject. Show More Summary
On Tuesday night, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved a comprehensive immigration reform bill by a vote of 13-5, sending it to the full Senate for what is likely to be a long and contentious debate. Not included in the bill: An amendment...Show More Summary
In case you missed it, here’s Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s statement at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing yesterday before voting NO on the SchMcRubioGrahamnesty amnesty package backed by GOP Leader Mitch McConnell. Stay vigilant and stalwart, Sen. Cruz. Related: Conservatives Unite Against Immigration Bill
While most of the media has focused on scandals and tornadoes, the Senate has taken the unusual step of actually getting some real work down using regular order. Late yesterday the Senate Judiciary Committee finished mark up on the immigration reform bill and approved it in a vote of 13 to 5.
At the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last night, Sen. Leahy withdrew his amendment that would have recognized gay couples and lesbian couples from the immigration bill which seeks comprehensive reform. At the link above, Buzzfeed reports that Patrick Leahy withdrew his amendment … after several Democratic members of the committee stated that they would not [...]Show More Summary