So the Senate Judiciary Committee agreed on their version of the immigration bill (200 amendments later):
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved far-reaching immigration legislation that gives a chance at citizenship to millions living in the country illegally.
The 13-5 vote clears the bill for a Senate debate expected to begin early next month.
However, the House run by right-wing nutjobs, is still an obstacle:
On Thursday afternoon, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued a joint statement with Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, Republican Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, and Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte confirming that the House will not accept the comprehensive immigration legislation that advanced by a 13-5 vote in the Senate, but will instead craft its own legislation to pass immigration reform.
On the one hand I’m all for the GOP committing suicide by allowing it’s virulently racist and xenophobic members control their legislative agenda, but on the other hand I’d like immigration relief for the undocumented. So I hope the politicians who want the GOP to survive a few more years can get a handle on the lunatics.