Grimes urges congressional action on immigration, supports filibuster reform

11/21/2013 12:26 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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