Grimes urges congressional action on immigration, supports filibuster reform

11/21/2013 01:26 PM

Immigration reform might be on hold in Congress, but Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes told Pure Politics that Kentucky needs it and she’ll support.

“It’s not just securing our borders our borders. It’s making sure we have a pathway to citizenship for so many that are here in the Commonwealth,” Grimes said.

Grimes specifically cited the need for a clearer pathway to citizenship, which she said can have a positive economic impact on the commonwealth. She then pivoted in her answer to the need for Congress to pass a farm bill that includes crop insurance, farm subsidies and food stamps. On the eve of a trip to western Kentucky, she also took the opportunity to jab at McConnell for not coming through on his promise to get the bill passed.

As Pure Politics reported earlier this week, Republicans and Democrats in Congress still are haggling over the details of what should make it into a final immigration reform bill. The Senate’s measure has stalled in the House and won’t get a vote in 2013.

Meanwhile, Grimes also weighed in on filibuster reform, which dominated debate Thursday morning on the U.S. Senate floor. Senate Democrats passed new rules — nicknamed the nuclear option — that bars filibusters from being used during confirmations of executive and judicial nominees, with the exception of U.S. Supreme Court appointees. That means those other nominations require just a simple majority of senators for confirmation — not 60 votes to break a filibuster.

Republicans strongly resisted, but the measure passed 52-48.

WHAS 11 reporter Joe Arnold asked Grimes her thoughts on filibuster reform debate. Grimes said that “reform was needed and necessary.”

While Grimes didn’t mention McConnell by name, she did say that “what has been going on and occurring in Washington D.C. hasn’t been working for Kentucky.”

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  • Michael Adams wrote on November 21, 2013 02:10 PM :

    Michelle Obama asked the Obamacult followers at Alison’s New York fundraiser to “write a big ol’ fat check” for ALG, who is also a member of the Obamacult, so ALG can help Obama can force his gun control, Obamacare, and amnesty agenda on the American people. So it’s no surprise to see ALG following her marching orders by supporting amnesty, Obamacare, and making it easier for Obama to appoint people to fight his war on coal without the traditional accountability for appointees that the Senate has used until Reid’s Obama-agenda power grab.

  • Jason wrote on November 22, 2013 06:24 AM :

    And why would Allison want immigration reform and more food stamps ? Oh wait.,More democrat voters and more dependency on big government. Who did Alison support for President? Barack Obama.

  • Bobby wrote on November 22, 2013 09:27 PM :

    In needing a path to citizenship did she forget that those people are called illegal for a reason? She is such a good follower and has less than zero skill sets to bring to the table as a Senator. She will happily follow whatever orders she receives from her Daddy and all of his Democrat buddies. Is this what we really need to represent us in the US Senate? NOT!

  • Steve wrote on November 23, 2013 06:33 PM :

    Alison Grimes is just another tool of Barack Obama and Harry Reid. Keep your day job Alison.

  • Kate Miller wrote on November 26, 2013 11:53 AM :

    I am happy to hear the discussion on immigration. A bi-partisan Kentucky poll from the summer showed support for a pathway to citizenship from both sides of the aisle.

  • Cumberland Gap wrote on November 27, 2013 10:00 AM :

    Business and religious leaders are demanding immigration reform. The system is broken (causing illegal actions like visas not being renewed). The broken system interferes with free enterprise according to the business leaders. The religious leaders believe the Bible is very clear about welcoming the stranger. Jason, wise up, illegal immigrants are not eligible for food stamps or welfare. That’s a fear tactic that doesn’t work. When anyone hears that lame reasoning they know they are dealing with a xenophobic person.

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