Historic Immigration Bill Sails Through the US Senate
The U.S. Senate has passed a historic immigration bill. The vote on the bipartisan measure -- crafted by a group of lawmakers known as the Gang of Eight, was 68-32. It now goes to the House.
The legislation offers the hope of American citizenship to millions, while promising a military-style surge to secure the border.
The vote was far more than the majority needed to send the measure to the House. Prospects there are not nearly as good and many conservatives are opposed.
Vice President Joe Biden presided, and senators cast their votes from their desks, both steps reserved for momentous votes. The bill, a priority for President Barack Obama, would amount to the most sweeping changes in decades to the nation's immigration laws.
All of the Democrats in the Senate including Washington Senators Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell voted for the bill. Fourteen republicans also voted for the bill.