Reid Will Shelve the Immigration Bill if Thursday's Cloture Vote Fails

From the Politico:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) could move as early as tonight to wind down debate over the immigration bill – a move that Republicans said they will oppose, possibly stalling the bill for weeks.

Reid told reporters today that he would pull the bill from the floor if Republicans oppose the Thursday cloture vote, which requires support from 60 senators to end debate.

“If the cloture motion fails, I’m not going to proceed on it at this time,” Reid said of the immigration bill. “Maybe at some point in the future.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said his conference wants the debate to continue into next week to allow more time for amendments.

Although many people want something – anything – done about immigration, this bill would make things even worse than they are now because it would encourage even more people to cross the border illegally. It could also conceivably hurt American citizens. I agree with what Mitt Romney said earlier in tonight’s debate: enforce the laws that are on the books and enforce the border.

Hat tip: Hot Air

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