Excerpt:Â President Bush wants Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to resurrect the controversial immigration-reform bill that was pulled last night after a motion to cut off debate failed, White House adviser Dan Bartlett said today.Asked about the bill as Bush prepared to leave the G8 Summit in Germany, Bartlett told CNN the president believes declaring it dead is premature, and he wants Reid to consider putting it back on the table. The plan would allow millions of illegal aliens now within U.S. borders to pay a fine and become legal.
Bush plans to use a scheduled lunch with GOP senators Tuesday as part of a campaign by the White House and allies in both parties to placate or outmaneuver Republicans who blocked the measure, the Associated Press reported.
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is among opponents who say they have not been able to offer changes to the bill.
DeMint says the legislation "still unfairly burdens taxpayers, doesn't ensure secure borders and guarantees amnesty" for illegal aliens.
Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the issue may be brought up again, with McConnell advising, "I wouldn't wait a whole long time to do it."