Lawmakers: Immigration bill not dead


Specter ‘optimistic’ as protests highlight political ramifications

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Lawmakers traded
blame Sunday over the impasse that left immigration legislation stalled
last week in the Senate, expressing hope that the push for an
election-year overhaul was not dead.

“I hope it’s savable,” said Sen. John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat. “I hope politics doesn’t get in the way.”

Arlen Specter, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said
he is “optimistic,” but quickly added “I’m always optimistic.”

“There’s a real risk of significant political fallout here,” he told “Fox News Sunday.”

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