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WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama is on the same page with a bipartisan group of Senators on immigration reform. President Obama urged quick action on immigration reform, outlining his proposal at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas.
"If Congress is unable to move forward in a timely fashion, I will send up a bill based on my proposals and insist they vote on it right away," says President Obama.
The President's plan includes a pathway to citizenship.
"A process that includes passing a background check, paying taxes, paying a penalty, learning English and then going to the back of the line behind the folks coming here legally," says President Obama.
A plan pitched Monday by a group of bipartisan Senators includes a pathway for the 11 million undocumented immigrants, but it's contingent on border security and excludes federal benefits, among other things.
"What you get is a work permit, the ability to be here legally, we know where you are, we know where you live, we know where you work," says Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL).
Neither the President's plan nor the Senate plan is in legislative language, meaning they're just frameworks, and the details will be tricky. On the Senate floor Tuesday, a smaller bipartisan immigration proposal was introduced that would almost double the number of visas available to highly skilled foreign workers.
"Why would we want to prevent the next person who would come in who would cure cancer, who would create a new energy source?" says Senator Amy Kobuchar (D-MN).
Some Senators want a comprehensive immigration reform bill by summer, but there are conservatives dead set against the pathway they call amnesty. Meanwhile, there will likely be a differing House version that is expected to begin taking shape next month. This issue continues to develop. You can get the latest on the immigration issue on TENNESSEE MORNINGS starting at 5am.
Tuesday, January 29 2013, 10:56 PM CST
2 appellate court judges are stepping down
May 24, 2013 21:29 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Tennessee appellate court judges have notified Gov. Bill Haslam that they will not run for another term on the bench in the August 2014 retention election.
Patricia J. Cottrell, a judge on the Court of Appeals, and Joseph M. Tipton, who sits on the Court of Criminal Appeals bench, will both leave after September of next year.
The announcements come after the state legislature left Tennessee without a way to replace judges who step down or die when a commission expires at the end of next month.
Members of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission will make recommendations for replacements to give to Haslam before the panel expires. Haslam will appoint the replacements from those recommendations.
US durable goods orders rise 3.3 percent in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. orders for long-lasting manufactured goods rebounded in April, buoyed by more demand for military and civilian aircraft and an increase in business investment.
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