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The Senate and its leaders agreed that they would take up final passage of an immigration bill in June.

“It would be to the best interests of the Senate … that we not try to finish this bill this week,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., as the chamber began debate on the volatile issue. “I think we could, but I’m afraid the conclusion wouldn’t be anything that anyone wanted.”

The bipartisan compromise cleared its first hurdle Monday with a bipartisan Senate vote to begin debate on a separate immigration measure. Still, it faces significant obstacles as lawmakers seek dozens of modifications to its key elements.

The chances of this bill passing without substantial amendments:

The Winners in this debacle: The American taxpayers

The Biggest Loser: John MCCain


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