Having been reported out of the Senate Judiciary Committee with a 13-5 vote, the immigration bill heads to the Senate floor. On Meet the Press on Sunday, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said, "We’re going to put immigration on the floor starting on June 10. Ipredict it will pass the Senate by July 4...We’re hoping to get 70 votes — up to 70 votes, which means a lot of Republicans.”
Meanwhile, on the House side, there is a flurry of activity, many of them ongoing investigations of Obama Administration "scandals" including the DOJ's secret subpoena of AP phone records, the IRS targeting Tea Party groups, and on the role of the Administration in the Benghazi attacks. As the Congress returns from a recess, it returns to its dual role of passing legislation and investigating. Jonathan Weisman of the NYT described the stakes on the House side this way:
For President Obama, how those competing priorities [of Congress to legislate and investigate] balance out could mean the difference between securing a landmark accomplishment — the first overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws since 1986 — or becoming consumed by charges of scandal.
As Weisman also notes, the immigration bill is also at a crucial stage as it heads to a vote on the Senate floor. If the vote is 70 or over, the House will be forced to act, if not, things are in the air.