Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat and chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday that after gun legislation, immigration will likely be on the committee’s docket following a two-week Easter break.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the committee did not take up Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s bill to ban so-called assault weapons and high-capacity magazines at its Tuesday meeting, but could do so Thursday.
Sen. Charles E. Grassley, Iowa Republican, said he’ll try to make the Thursday meeting but pointed out that debate on the Senate budget proposal is scheduled for the same time.
Mr. Leahy said he hopes the committee will be able to finish marking up Mrs. Feinstein’s bill sooner rather than later.
“Once we come back from recess, we’ll probably be looking at immigration,” he said at the close of Tuesday’s meeting.
“Let’s hope,” added Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat. Mr. Schumer is one of eight senators working to craft bipartisan legislation on immigration reform, another issue high on President Obama’s second-term priority list.
The Senate is scheduled to recess from March 25 to April 5.