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Senate Passes Immigration Reform Bill

Before a gallery packed with reform supporters, this afternoon the Senate approved its immigration bill by a 68-32 vote. Fourteen Republicans voted for the bill.
Before announcing the result, Biden warned against outbursts from the public gallery, but chants of "Yes we can" and "Si se puede" broke out after he read the tally. Biden called for the sergeant at arms to restore order. "Today is another historic day in the Senate," said Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont. "This legislation will reunite families. It will bring millions of people out of the shadows and into our legal system. It will spur job growth and reduce our deficit. And it will make us safer." "The time has come to act in the interest of all Americans," declared Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, a member of the Gang of Eight. "I hope that message will be heard loud and clear in the House (of Representatives)."
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) called today's vote "largely symbolic" as it faces very dim prospects in the GOP-dominated House.

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