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Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act Of 2007

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COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM ACT OF 2007 -- (Senate - June 07, 2007)

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Mr. DeMINT. Madam President, I believe there is enough frustration to go around. I appreciate all the managers of the bill, those on both sides who have worked to come up with a constructive solution. I feel compelled to object to this process because our side has not been able to bring up the amendments we want. They have been carefully selected by the other side, which ones we are going to vote on. It appears this whole scene has been choreographed. We had a cloture vote a few hours ago. We are going to have a few more votes.

Then we are going to have another cloture vote, with, I imagine, the statement that now they have accommodated us on our amendments. I have colleagues on the floor who have waited a week to bring up an amendment.

They have not been able to do so. I believe what we should do is to submit the amendments we want to bring up en bloc.

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Mr. DeMINT. I think it is important that we decide what amendments are going to be brought up on our side. I certainly know folks on our side have been working on this. I don't know about this particular group of amendments, if they have been selected on our side or yours. Perhaps there is no problem. But at this moment, I am going to object to those and then confer with our side to see what the big plan is. At this point, instead of doing this a little at a time, I think it is important we know before the next cloture vote that we are going to be able to bring up the amendments we have been waiting on. Until that time, I am going to object to additional action on the floor.

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