Supporters of a popular energy savings bill and the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline say they will keep trying to force Senate action on the measures, even after they were defeated amid partisan gridlock in the Senate.
In the midst of a government shutdown, House Democrats on Wednesday introduced a comprehensive immigration reform bill that creates a pathway to citizenship for America's more than 11 million undocumented immigrants.
The bill, introduced by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, 12) and other Democratic co-sponsors, is nearly identical to the bipartisan immigration reform package passed by the Senate in June.
Lawrence Benito, CEO of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR),
said he believes the bill is the direct result of advocates across the country fighting for reform. Benito noted that 160 immigration-related rallies in
cities across the country are planned for this weekend to keep up the pressure.
doing what we asked them to do, which is put forward their bill,"
Benito told Progress Illinois. "We think it's progress in the right
direction. It's not perfect, but we believe it's an opportunity for
bipartisan negotiations to get the job done."
The Gang of Eight’s comprehensive immigration reform package passed a
significant hurdle Monday, as the Senate voted in favor of an amendment
to strengthen the country’s border, likely boosting GOP support.
Environmental advocacy groups are speaking out against
“anti-environment” amendments attached to the Senate’s budget
resolution. Although the amendments are non-binding, a representative
from Environment Illinois said it’s “unfortunate” to see some lawmakers use a budget proposal for “reckless attacks” on the environment.
not right to see senators taking the opportunity, during the proposal
of a budget resolution, to attack the environment,” said Seth Berkman,
federal field associate for Environment Illinois. “These amendments have
nothing to do with passing a budget resolution. Unfortunately, our
opponents use any opportunity they have to attack environmental