Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

CBO Assessment Gives Boost to Senate Immigration Bill; Measure Would Give 8 Million Legal Status, Lower Deficits

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

CBO Assessment Gives Boost to Senate Immigration Bill; Measure Would Give 8 Million Legal Status, Lower Deficits

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WASHINGTON * About 8 million immigrants living unlawfully in the United States would gain legal status under sweeping legislation moving toward a vote in the Senate, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday. The CBO added that the bill would push federal deficits lower in each of the next two decades.

In an assessment that drew cheers from the White House and other backers of the bill, Congress' scorekeeping agency said the legislation would boost the overall economy. The agency said deficits would fall by $197 billion across a decade, and by $700 billion in the following 10 years if the bill became law.

In a statement issued quickly after the report was released, the White House said it was "more proof that bipartisan common-sense immigration reform will be good for economic growth and deficit reduction."

The estimates were released as the pace of activity increased at both ends of the Capitol on an issue that President Barack Obama has placed at the top of his domestic agenda. …

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