McCain Threatens To Block Dream Act, While Menendez Shops Immigration Bill To GOP Senators

Today Senator John McCain, announced that he intended to block the Defense Authorization Bill, unless Senate Democrats strip out the Dream Act, Dont Ask Dont Tell and Secret Hold Amendments.

Jessica Brady of Roll Call  has the full story at McCain Threatens to Block Defense Authorization Bill:

The Arizona Republican, who is ranking member of the Armed Services Committee, said Democrats were using the defense measure as a tool to push liberal agenda items in the runup to the midterm elections.

“So I intend to block it, unless they agree to remove these onerous provisions,” he said.

McCain blasted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) for attaching both the DREAM Act and a proposal to end the use of secret holds in the Senate to the measure. McCain also criticized Democrats for using the defense bill to try to repeal the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

Meanwhile, Senator Robert Menendez has indicated that he is currently shopping around an immigration legislation package to Republican Senators. CQ Politics has a story up Democrat Shops Immigration Bill 'with plenty of ideas."

Sen. Robert Menendez says he will introduce broad legislation in the coming weeks that includes a path to citizenship for undocumented residents and an overhaul of enforcement measures.

A lack of Republican support has prevented an immigration overhaul from moving forward this year in the Senate. Menendez, D-N.J., said Wednesday that the legislation “will have plenty of Republican ideas in it” but for now he is still looking for GOP cosponsors.

The senator said he would offer the bill before the end of the current work period, which is expected to wrap up by early October.

We will be following both stories closely as they develop.

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