Reid Angers GOP by Pushing Four Versions of DREAM Act Without Hearing, Fox News, December 01, 2010
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pushed four different versions of the controversial immigration bill known as the DREAM Act without a hearing on any of them, drawing outrage from the top Republican on the committee that would have handled the package.
The Nevada senator, who narrowly escaped a defeat in the November election, has pursued an unusual approach to advancing the bill that gives young illegal immigrants who attend college or join the military a pathway to legal status.
Since September, his deputy Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., has introduced four slightly different versions all bearing the same name. Reid has moved them all to the calendar he appears to be teeing up for a test vote, which could happen sometime later this week, on the latest version introduced on Tuesday.
But Republicans balked at the maneuvering. Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, railed against the bill and the process Democrats were using to push it.
We now may have a fourth version of the DREAM Act, Sessions said Wednesday. We havent had a hearing on that in seven years.
Below is Senator Sessions: