McConnell may put immigration on agenda amid GOP fight
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has informed Democrats he may schedule a vote next week on a hard-line immigration bill pushed by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP candidate for president.
The move could bring debate over immigration to the Senate floor just as it flares on the presidential campaign trail. Cruz has been sparring with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, another GOP hopeful.
The bill is called Kate's Law for the woman shot in San Francisco by an immigrant illegally in the country. It would increase penalties for re-entering the country illegally.
McConnell has been under conservative pressure to bring it to a vote. But the move could give a platform to Cruz, with whom McConnell has sparred.
Democratic aides spoke anonymously to disclose McConnell's potential plans.