Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) indicated today the Senate will use a House-passed revenue measure as a vehicle to set up Senate debate on an immigration bill.

A procedural vote to take up the measure, known as H.R. 2579, is expected Monday at 5:30 p.m. The vote would allow an open amendment process as the primary means of inserting policy proposals into the bill. Using revenue legislation with no immigration-related text for the base of the debate would essentially allow the Senate a blank slate to craft an immigration measure.

“The bill I move to,” Sen. McConnell said Friday, “which will not have underlying immigration text, will have an amendment process that will ensure a level playing field at the outset.”

Because the underlying House bill is a piece of revenue legislation, any amendments with revenue implications would be considered in order. Amendments will be allowed on both sides of the aisle, though it is unclear how many either side will be able to offer. Sixty votes are needed for passage in the Senate.

Among the issues being discussed are a solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, increasing border security through additional hires of border patrol agents and immigration court judges, ending chain migration and the diversity visa lottery, and appropriating funds to build a wall along the southern border of the United States.



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