Nevada Senator Harry Reid spoke on the Senate floor today regarding bipartisan immigration legislation. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
Today Senators will have the opportunity to debate the bipartisan immigration bill reported by the Judiciary Committee last month. I commend the chairman, Senator Leahy, for leading a thorough and transparent process in committee. I thank Senator Sessions for working with us to move this measure forward. And I applaud the efforts of the Gang of Eight -- four Democrats and four Republicans -- who set aside partisanship to address a critical issue facing our nation.
It is gratifying to see the momentum behind this package of common-sense reforms, which will make our country safer and help 11 million undocumented immigrants get right with the law.
I have committed to as open an amendment process as possible. But we will wrap up work on this legislation before we leave for the July 4th recess. I hope Senators will take advantage of today's time for debate. And I look forward to thoughtful discussion and deliberation on this legislation.