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U.S. Chamber’s Donohue Praises Senate for Major Step Forward in Fixing Broken Immigration System

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 8:00pm

Urges House to Act with Same Speed and Bipartisanship

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued the following statement today regarding the Senate’s vote to invoke cloture on S. 744, the “Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013”:

“Today the U.S. Senate took a major step forward in fixing America’s broken immigration system, securing our border, strengthening our economy and competitiveness, and reaffirming America’s legacy as an open and welcoming society. We commend the Gang of Eight for their leadership and applaud the bipartisan cooperation that made the bill’s passage possible.

"We are pleased that the House is making its own progress. We recognize that the House will take a different approach on many components of reform and hope these differences can be reasonably resolved so that sound legislation can be sent to the president for approval. We will continue to work with all parties to help move this process forward.

“For too long, the well-being of American citizens and businesses has been ill-served by an immigration system that hinders—rather than promotes—job creation and economic growth. This is our opportunity to fix it and prove that our political system can still get big things done for the good of the nation. We must seize it.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.