Status in the 110th Congress

The Security Through Regularized Immigration and Vibrant Economy (STRIVE) Act of 2007 (H.R. 1645) was introduced on March 22, 2007 by Representatives Luis Gutierrez (D-4th IL) and Jeff Flake (R-6th AZ) and currently has 74 cosponsors (including Representative Flake). Multiple hearings on CIR have been held in the House of Representatives since the introduction of STRIVE. A STRIVE-specific hearing was held on September 6 in the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law. It has yet to be marked up there and still awaits consideration by three subcommittees in House Homeland Security: Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism; Management, Investigations, and Oversight; and Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response.

There is no direct companion to STRIVE in the Senate, but the Senate has been involved in the immigration debate. On May 9, 2007, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) reintroduced the Senate’s 2006-passed immigration bill (S. 2611) as S. 1348. New compromise language was announced on May 17, but after several days of debate, S. 1348 stalled. Multiple attempts were made to invoke cloture and close off debate on the bill. The last one failed by a 45-50 vote (60 required) on June 7. New Senate legislation was introduced on June 18 as S. 1639. Debate continued, but cloture also failed on that bill – by a 46-53 vote (60 required) on June 28.

While immigration issues have continued to be raised since the failure of S. 1639, STRIVE and other CIR proposals are not expected or likely to move until after the 2008 elections in the 111th Congress.

Updated February 29, 2008

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