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House sponsor says immigration reform's passage 'highly unlikely'

Rep. Will Snyder, R-Stuart, the sponsor of the House immigration bill, said late Tuesday that with three days left in the session the odds of the House being able to take up and vote out an immigration bill -- even if the Senate passes it -- are "improbable."

Under House rules, they need two-thirds vote of the chamber to take up the bill debated at length today in the Senate. And, Snyder said, "the process makes it extremely a long shot." He lamented that it took two months for the Senate to get to the point of having a final product come to a vote. "The process does not really allow for a piece of legislation like this to come in the waning hours,'' he said. "This is a technically highly, highly unlikely. Improbable."

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 6:16pm]


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