Boozman, Pryor split on debating immigration reform

WASHINGTON (Arkansas News Bureau) -- The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to move forward with debate on immigration reform over the objections of some conservatives, including Arkansas Sen. John Boozman, who fear it does not adequately secure the border with Mexico.

"I don't like the bill itself at all," Boozman, R-Ark., said Tuesday. "That's why I voted not to go further with floor debate. It needs to be cleaned up first."

The Senate voted 84-15 to move ahead with what is expected to be an extensive debate on the legislation that came out of months of negotiations among a bipartisan "Gang of Eight" senators. A final vote is not anticipated until the end of the month.

Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., voted in favor of holding the floor debate and said that he is leaning in favor of supporting the bill.

"I appreciate that the senators who put this together tried to put together balanced legislation. It is a balanced approach and a comprehensive approach, so I am leaning toward voting for it right now," Pryor said.

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