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Sen. Tammy Baldwin talks immigration on Capitol City Sunday


MADISON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Senate approved major changes to immigration law Thursday, but will its proposal go anywhere in the House of Representatives?

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisconsin) joins Greg Neumann to talk about the bill on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

Sen. Baldwin says she was proud to join all of her fellow Democrats and 14 Republicans in voting for the bill, which she considers to be a landmark piece of legislation.

"I think that this bill is not perfect, but that compromise was absolutely necessary to get this extraordinary 68 vote margin, bipartisan margin, which is gonna be required to give it the momentum necessary to ultimately pass the House, which is, you know, gonna be a difficult process," said Sen. Baldwin, referring to the 68-32 Senate vote.

The bill would provide a path to citizenship for eleven million undocumented immigrants and increase the amount of money for security on the Mexican border.

But House Republicans like Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Janesville) says its dead on arrival, because they want to craft their own immigration bill with even tougher border security measures.

"Having served in the House for a number of years, if they decide that they have the political will to do this, they can do it," said Sen. Baldwin.  "I think that's the big question right now.  And hopefully the momentum created by that historic vote this week will help them get it across the finish line."

The Senate is in recess until July 8th, but Sen. Baldwin says as soon as they get back, Democrats will put forth legislation to stop student loan interest rates from doubling, which they are scheduled to do on July 1st.

"We've brought forward legislation that closes tax loopholes in order to pay for the lowest interest rates.  And that has been what many have expressed on the Republican side is their opposition to this legislation," said Sen. Baldwin.

Marty Beil, Executive Director of the Wisconsin State Employees Union is also on the show to talk about the one percent pay raise approved for state employees this week.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW 27.

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