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Immigration bill gets set back

Efforts to pass immigration reform collapsed in the Senate Friday. California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein says the setback is tragic. Jill Morrison reports from Capitol Hill.

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill hoped to pass immigration reform before taking a two-week Easter Recess. Democratic Senators like Feinstein backed a Republican compromise that she called flawed, but said it would likely to pass. But a procedural feud between Republican and Democratic Leadership over amendments thwarted the bill's passage. Feinstein says the pressure to pass the compromise fast contributed to its fall.

Feinstein: "I think when you force a march on a bill this controversial you run in to these problems. You run in to the jockeying and all these new people come in and it's problematic."

The Judiciary Committee will again take on immigration reform after the recess. Feinstein serves on the committee and wants to iron out problems with the bill. And she says the full Senate should trust the committee's judgment once they've approved a revised bill. From Capitol Hill, Jill Morrison, KPBS news.


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