May 24, 2007
WASHINGTON (AP) - Georgia's U. S. senators are going out of their way to clarify that they might not support a controversial immigration reform measure in the end.
Republicans Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson played a lead role in producing a bipartisan deal on immigration reform last week. Since then, they have endured angry calls and even boos from conservatives who are upset with the proposal.
Chambliss said yesterday that he and Isakson have never committed to vote for the bill.
He said their position has been to wait for the amendment process to proceed before making a final decision. Isakson, who drew compliments from Democratic and Republican colleagues over his role in patching together the compromise, also has emphasized that he is "reserving judgment."
The proposal is backed by the White House and could come up for a vote next month.