The Senate moved forward Friday with consideration of a bipartisan immigration measure by announcing plans to hold votes early next week on a single amendment that would make several significant changes to the bill ahead of final passage later next week.


(Ross Franklin/AP)

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) announced the plans Friday afternoon, saying that a bipartisan group of senators had sorted out details of a plan to include significant changes in security along the U.S.-Mexico border, as well as changes to the national employment verification system known as E-Verify, and new requirements necessary in order for immigrants to obtain legal status.

"Opposition of a small group is not going to stop this bill from moving forward, and that's why I've taken steps this morning to set in motion a process to bring this major bill to finality within the next week," Reid said.

Reid said the Senate will vote Monday evening to move forward with the amendment and will give it final approval Tuesday. If his plan holds, Reid said final passage on the immigration bill would come by Friday, when a July 4th recess is scheduled to begin.

"We will finish the bill -- I repeat -- before recess," Reid said.

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