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Democrats to Push 9/11 Measure Before Recess

Despite their difficulties so far in both sending bills to the president and getting them signed, House and Senate Democrats have a multipronged recess message strategy that appears to be equal parts self-congratulation and blame-game.

Everyone feels strongly that we need to highlight the many positive items weve passed, said one senior Senate Democratic aide. Having said that, we wouldnt be doing a good job if we didnt point out that Republicans have gone to unprecedented lengths to block us.

The immigration bill, for example, could end up being a wash for both parties, regardless of the outcome.

If the immigration bill is approved, Democrats will attempt to seize credit by boasting of their commitment to border security and reuniting families of immigrants, the senior Senate Democratic aide said.

If immigration fails, however, it will be the presidents fault for failing to rally Republicans in the Senate to vote for the measure, said the aide.

Its an individual Senator-by-Senator issue, said the Senate GOP leadership aide. Nobody is going to walk away from this a winner.

Susan Davis contributed to this report.

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