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Schumer optimistic on immigration deal

March 31, 2013 at 3:31 PM
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WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said Sunday a bipartisan deal has been reached to address business and labor concerns relating to immigration reform.

"[With] the agreement between business and labor, every major policy issue has been resolved on the Gang of Eight," he said -- referring to a bipartisan group of senators working on comprehensive immigration reform.

Schumer said the legislation is "on track" for committee mark-up in April and a debate and vote on the floor of the Senate in May.

He said the group of four Democrats and four Republicans will still probably have "little kerfuffles" -- disputes -- as the agreements in principle are drafted into specific legislative language, but expressed optimism the Senate could forge a deal on comprehensive immigration reform in the near future.

"I don't think any of us expect there to be problems," he said.

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