U.S. Reps. Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum are among the House Democrats who plan to fast today in support of activists pushing the House to take up comprehensive immigration reform.
The lawmakers took over for three activists who had camped on the National Mall without food for three weeks to raise awareness and make the case for reform.
The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill this year, but work on legislation has stalled in the Republican-led House.
“It is imperative that the House of Representatives follow the bipartisan lead of the United States Senate and pass comprehensive immigration reform legislation before the end of this year,” McCollum said in a statement.
“Immigration reform is one of the most pressing issues facing our country today and it has the support of the business community, faith leaders, law enforcement, labor, and families throughout Minnesota.”
Angry lawmakers heaped another round of blistering criticism on Wells Fargo's CEO, pressing Thursday for details about what senior managers knew about allegedly illegal sales practices and when any concerns were disclosed.
The Senate's top Democrat said Thursday that he and President Barack Obama will not approve a stopgap spending bill if it kicks Washington's unfinished budget business into next year, as some tea party conservatives are demanding.
As Congress debates immigration legislation, members of the House and Senate embark Thursday on a weekend tour of immigration-related sites in New York City, with stops at Ellis Island and at a naturalization ceremony.