Immigration protesters gather Tuesday in the Hart Senate Office Building. Boehner told the Republican Conference on Tuesday that he doesn’t “see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn’t have a majority support of Republicans.”
The Senate continued its search for a border security compromise that would help bring aboard Republican votes and win a big Senate majority for that chamber’s bill by the July Fourth break.
Several border-security-related amendments were defeated Tuesday afternoon.
Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander was among the Republican senators hoping to get a deal — adding that a border security agreement would be key to getting his vote. “My own view is the best thing for senators to do is to do our job — and then send the thing over to the House and let them do their job. So, I don’t worry about it, and I don’t think most of us do,” Alexander told reporters about the action on the other side of the Dome. “We’ve been presented with an opportunity to end de facto amnesty, to create a legal immigration system, and secure the border and if we can do that, we should do that it — and we should do it in the next two weeks.”
Niels Lesniewski and Joanna Anderson contributed to this report.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.