Senate Could Pass Immigration Legislation by July 4th

Senator Charles Schumer (Democrat of NY) predicts that the Senate could pass the pending immigration reform legislation proposed by the bipartisan Gang of Eight by July 4th and that a strong vote in favor of it could sway the House Republicans.  Schumer hopes it will win 70 votes, including almost a majority of Republicans.  In the meantime, the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (Republican of VA), has stated that the panel plans on voting for a series of smaller pieces of immigration legislation instead of taking a comprehensive approach.  However, there is a bipartisan group of House members working on a comprehensive immigration bill, which they will probably release this month, and Rep. Goodlatte has not ruled out the possibility of a single immigration bill to be voted on by the House of Representatives.