Below are rough notes from my FNC colleague Kara Rowland:
Subject: Reid: “There’s no reason we should not pass comprehensive immigration reform immediately”
From his remarks on the Senate floor just now ahead of the 2:30 press conference.
Applauds these eight senators
This is a positive first step … but the true test will be path to comprehensive bill
I pledge I’ll do everything in my power as a majority leader to get a bill across the finish line
Nothing short of bipartisan success
Thanks Obama for his leadership and for making immigration reform a top priority
Pleased he’ll present his own ideas in Vegas tomorrow
There’s no reason we should not pass comprehensive immigration reform immediately.
Successful immigration reform cannot be piecemeal it must make a path to citizenship for 11m undocumented
Must continue to secure borders, punish employers who exploit them, requires undocumented to register with govt, learn English, pay taxes, go to back of the line
The framework presented by bipartisan group meets these criteria
I hope they will have legislation soon to go through committee process
For years Democrats have been willing but Republicans not ,… I’m glad things have changed
Capitol Hill producer, Fox News