WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) released the following statement today regarding the upcoming votes on the Senate immigration bill this week:

“Congress has one shot to address this problem the right way today, and we had better get it right. Any legislation that reaches the president’s desk must address border security first and foremost. Yet, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the underlying Senate bill would only cut illegal immigration by 25 percent. That’s just not good enough.

“During this debate, I co-sponsored several important border security amendments that were ultimately defeated. I also voted against proceeding to the Hoeven/Corker amendment because it doesn’t go far enough to secure the nation’s borders before granting legal status to millions of people who are in the United States illegally. I can’t vote for this bill because it fails to prioritize border security first.”

“Last week, I lost a friend whose funeral I plan to attend and speak at on Wednesday in Missouri, in which case I may miss a vote. If I were in Washington, I would once again vote against the Hoeven/Corker amendment, which requires a simple majority to pass the Senate. I would also vote against proceeding to the final passage of the Senate immigration bill. It takes 60 votes in the Senate to move forward to this vote, and my absence will not impact that number. I will vote no on the final passage of this bill, and I hope that the Senate will now work with the House to find a better solution on long-term immigration reform.”

To read Senator Blunt’s original statement on the underlying Senate bill, click here. To read Senator Blunt’s statements on amendments he’s co-sponsoring, click here or click here.

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