Jennings Immigration Law Office

Senate Counters with Immigration Hearings of Its Own

June 22, 2006

In response to House Republicans’ plan to conduct hearings on the Senate’s immigration bill this summer, Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) announced yesterday that his committee would conduct summer hearings of its own to defend the Senate’s comprehensive approach over the enforcement-only approach advanced by the House.  The Republican vs. Republican move adds to the unusual sequence of events that the upcoming elections have created:  a Congressional historian has noted that to his knowledge Congress has never before called for pre-conference hearings on legislation that has already been passed.  That historical information, along with Representative Jim Kolbe’s (R-AZ) statement that the House would pass comprehensive legislation he has introduced if the Republican leadership would allow his legislation to go to the floor for a vote, further supports my conclusion that the Republican leadership in the House has hijacked the immigration issue for election purposes.