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Immigration Bill Nears Critical Test

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Senators are preparing to cast the first votes in the full Senate on a landmark immigration bill that offers the best chance in decades to remake the nation's immigration system and offer eventual citizenship to millions.
    
Ahead of Tuesday afternoon's procedural votes to officially allow debate to move forward, senators were readying amendments on contentious issues including border security, back taxes and health care coverage.
    
The bill's supporters were working to determine which measures they could accept to lock down more "yes" votes from the GOP side without losing Democratic backing.
    
President Barack Obama planned to speak at a midmorning event with advocates at the White House to praise the Senate's efforts and renew his calls for reform.


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