The U.S. Senate returns from its Easter recess Monday and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says it’s likely they’ll pass the controversial immigration bill. He says he expects the bill to pass the Senate in a week or two, and Grassley says he doesn’t expect it will be a bill he can vote for. Grassley, a Republican, says the immigration bill would then go to a committee to work out differences between the House and Senate versions.
Grassley doesn’t expect quick committee action on the bill as lawmakers don’t want a vote before the November elections. He says those that want amnesty can say they got victory with the bill in the Senate, while those who want more law enforcement can says they got a victory in the House.
Grassley says this allows both sides to campaign on “doing something on immigration, but still not doing anything about it in the final analysis.” Grassley says once its not a hot political item they may be able to work something out.