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Reid, Amodei can’t wait to move on to next big issue: immigration

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Karoun Demirjian

From left to right, Nevada Rep. Steven Horsford, Sen. Dean Heller and Sen. Harry Reid laugh at a joke made by Rep. Mark Amodei, in the foreground, at the first official meeting of the full Nevada congressional delegation in several years, Feb. 13, 2013.

The budget and debt fight isn’t quite over, but Nevada lawmakers are already naming their next challenge immigration reform.

“People complain about the deficit? How about we do immigration?” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Wednesday night, immediately following the Senate’s 81 to 18 vote to pass the budget and debt deal. “I look forward to the next venture, making sure we get immigration done.”

Reid isn’t the only member of the Nevada delegation laying down the gauntlet on immigration. So did Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev. — even before he’d had a chance to vote on the debt and budget measure.

“For the House to have credibility, they have got to start moving stuff to the floor,” Amodei told the Sun, expressing his frustration with the pace of immigration reform in the House of Representatives. “Nothing is hard to advocate for.”

Amodei and Heck have both said they intend to introduce pieces of legislation addressing pathways to citizenship for immigrants who are now living in the United States without legal authorization.

The Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill last June by a vote of 68 to 32. The House has been considering a series of measures in its Judiciary and Homeland Security committees, but has yet to vote on a package of immigration measures on the House floor.

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