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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
House passes 2-year moratorium on dam barriers
May 21, 2013 19:12 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. House has passed legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on an Army Corps of Engineers plan to erect barriers to prevent people from fishing below dams on the Cumberland River.
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield heralded final passage of the Freedom to Fish Act on Tuesday. Whitfield was a leading proponent of the measure in the House.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was co-sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Bob Corker of Tennessee.
Whitfield said the bill thwarts, at least temporarily, an effort to "take away some of the best fishing in Kentucky." Passage of the measure, Whitfield said, allows time to work out a permanent solution.
The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for consideration.
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