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Rubio, Nelson join large majority to proceed on immigration debate



Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson joined an 85-15 majority vote this afternoon to proceed on debate of the immigration debate.

The "cloture" vote is not indicative of the bill's chances but does provide a sign of momentum for backers. Republicans and some Democrats still want to see more border security measures. Sen. John Cornyn of Texas is getting the most attention for his proposed amendment that would make a pathway to citizenship contingent on border security goals set in the bill.

"My amendment demands results while the Gang of Eight bill is satisfied with just more promises, promises that historically have never been kept," Cornyn said Tuesday.

Rubio, a member of the Gang of 8, is working on a proposal to put a border security plan in the legislation, rather than have the Department of Homeland Security do the work. Rubio contends there isn't trust in the agency to do adequate security.

[Last modified: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 3:16pm]


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