February 13, 2018 12:16 AM
Objection to McConnell request to vote at 3:30pm on sanctuary cities and unnamed Democratic amendment
The Senate has resumed consideration of the motion to proceed to H.R.2579, the vehicle for immigration reform, post-cloture.
Senator McConnell asked unanimous consent that at 2:15pm today, the motion to proceed to H.R.2579 be agreed to, that the Toomey amendment #1948 (sanctuary cities) and an unnamed Democratic amendment be offered, and that at 3:30pm the Senate vote on the amendments with 60-vote thresholds and no second degree amendments. Finally, that if any of the amendments are adopted, they become original text for the purpose of further amendment.
Senator Schumer objected and suggested the Senate start with two proposals inside the scope of the debate, one for each side. He said, let the Republicans offer the President’s plan, in the form of legislation carried by the Senators from Iowa and Arkansas, and the Democrats will offer the bipartisan Coons-McCain amendment, narrow legislation that protects the Dreamers, boosts border security, and adds resources for immigration courts.