Biden's immigration bill may be divided to pass

In order to pass President Joe Biden's big vision for immigration reform it may need to be divided into individual pieces of legislation House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday. (Feb. 18)

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NANCY PELOSI: I salute the president for putting forth the legislation that he did. There are others who want to do piecemeal and that may be a good approach too. That's up to the Congress to decide, but we informed members of-- this is the design. It is frozen, and it is complies with the reconciliation. I don't see anything of that size. Now there are people who are advocating for that, and the question is would that meet the Byrd Rule and those other kinds of things. And if it that would be wonderful because then we wouldn't need the 60 votes.

Immigrants coming to our country, with newcomers coming with their hopes and dreams and aspirations, with their optimism and determination to make the future better for their families, well those are American traits. And when they come here with those values they make America more American.

So we want as many kids to be back in school as possible. For that to happen it takes some money, it takes some money. This is the money that is needed. The $130 billion in K through 12 will help provide immediate relief to schools so they can safely reopen for in-person instruction and address the difficult multiyear challenges making up for lost time in the classroom.