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Congress: Immigration's fate

The Hill: “Immigration reform has gotten a new burst of life as a growing number of Senate Republicans have embraced the 1,000-page-plus legislation, setting up President Obama for a big victory this week. … Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.), the leaders of the Gang of Eight, are marching toward 70 votes, a target intended to put maximum pressure on the House to act.”

But National Journal’s sweeping headline: “Time’s Up. Immigration Won't Pass This Year.” From the story: “Nothing less than a miracle will get major immigration legislation through Congress this year. It’s not the Senate’s fault, not this time. The upper chamber is well on track to comfortably pass this week a sweeping bill that would legalize millions of undocumented immigrants and dramatically boost troops on the border. … But the House is slogging along on a piece-by-piece approach that does nothing but stretch out the debate until all that’s left are wisps of ideas on work visas, local police enforcement, and electronic verification of workers. Indeed, the House might not kill the bill outright, but the GOP players are passing the ball around until the clock runs out.” 

Chris Frates: “GOP lawmakers, strategists, and insiders say Boehner and House leadership are enabling foot-in-mouth disease by allowing divisive social issues to reemerge at a time when Republicans were finally winning the daily messaging war against a controversy-plagued White House.”

“The Senate is on the cusp of approving historic legislation that would overhaul the nation’s immigration laws — and perhaps show that it isn’t so dysfunctional after all,” Politico reports. “The first test will be a procedural vote Monday on an agreement written by Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota that implements a so-called border surge of agents, technology and fencing along the U.S.-Mexico boundary. But before the chamber approves the landmark legislation, several questions remain — including whether the Senate will wait out a key decision from the Supreme Court on gay marriages. And the success of the bill in the Senate means little for the Republican-controlled House.”