Las Vegas CBS KXNT- Several hundred people gathered at the Culinary Union Local 226 hall in Las Vegas on Monday to celebrate success passing immigration reform in the United States Senate.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was greeted with cheers and chants as he took the stage in a packed auditorium. Immigration reform is the issue he’s spent the most time on since he’s been in congress, he said, savoring the senate passage, but reminding the primarily Latino audience that the job is only half done.
The bill has yet to get a vote in the House, where Speaker John Boehner may keep it off the floor if it is not supported by a majority of House Republicans.
Reid introduced Democratic Congressman Luis Gutierrez, who dazzled with a bilingual speech in which he discussed his efforts to win Republican votes. He was accompanied by Nevada Congresswoman Dina Titus, who vowed to help get the bill passed, and urged organized activism to send a message to Boehner.
A brigade of Nevada elected Democrats sat onstage behind Reid, Titus and Gutierrez. Secretary of State Ross Miller, Treasurer Kate Marshall, and five state legislators sat among union VIPs.