Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.), ranking Republican on the Senate Appropriations Homeland Security Committee, issued the following statement regarding the cloture vote on the substitute amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill:
"I am deeply concerned that the Senate is repeating the mistakes and broken promises of the 1986 immigration reform bill, rather than learning from them. We need to ensure that we are achieving real progress on securing our borders before beginning the process of granting legal status to illegal immigrants. Despite the efforts of a bipartisan group of senators, this amendment does not provide those assurances to the American people.
"There is no reason that the Senate Majority Leader needs to cut off debate, block amendments on real border security measures and rush through another 1,000-page bill without the full examination of Congress. I continue to hope that the Senate will consider additional amendments, including mine, to repair our broken immigration system and secure our borders."
The substitute amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill cleared the procedural vote in the Senate 67-27.