An Immigration Bill This Year? Don't Bet on It
By Ben Pershing
With President Obama on an historic foreign trip, a Supreme Court nomination pending and massive health care and climate change bills both percolating on Capitol Hill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) managed to make news on a completely separate front yesterday -- immigration.
At a press conference with Hispanic leaders to tout Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court candidacy, Reid said a comprehensive immigration bill is "going to happen this session, but I want it this year, if at all possible." Reid called it one of his three top priorities this year, along with health care and energy.
The Nevadan's comments certainly delivered headlines. Politico: "Harry Reid wants immigration bill this year." Dow Jones Newswire: "Reid Says Will Fight For Immigration Reform This Year." The Hill (atop the front page): "Immigration is added atop heavy agenda."
Appearing alongside a group of leaders for whom immigration is a top priority, Reid probably got exactly the coverage he wanted. But headlines aside, is immigration reform really likely to hit the Senate floor this year? No.
Posted at 5:18 PM ET on Jun 5, 2009
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