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Coats Warns Reid Not to Block Open Debate on Immigration Reform

June 24, 2013

  06/25/13 Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement regarding Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s action to begin the process of shutting down debate on the Senate immigration reform bill:

“Time and time again, the Majority Leader has shut down debate without allowing full consideration of amendments, and it appears he is heading down that path again. I am concerned that the Majority Leader is taking a page out of the Obamacare playbook and preparing to jam through another 1,000-page bill without full examination by Congress and the input of the American people. Refusing to allow an open and fair amendment process only jeopardizes the chances for a credible and effective immigration reform bill.

“Those of us who are pushing for realistic and needed reforms to our broken system deserve the ability to work toward that goal and represent the people of our state.

Repairing our immigration system is far too important of an issue to be dealt with behind closed doors and without the opportunity for all senators to seek improvements.”

Click here to learn more about the amendments Coats offered to improve border security measures in the Senate immigration bill.