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Top Senate Dem says Bush lacks credibility on immigration

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WASHINGTON - The Senate's top Democrat says President Bush "has as much credibility on immigration as he does on Iraq and national security." Harry Reid is responding, after Bush laid the blame on him for Congress' failure to finish work on an immigration bill before leaving on vacation.

Bush told a small business conference in Washington that a compromise reached last week seemed promising. Without mentioning Reid by name, Bush said the Senate minority leader used a "procedural gimmick" to keep senators from voting on amendments. Bush says that effectively thwarted "the will of the American people."

The president is again calling on lawmakers to work through partisan differences and send him an immigration bill. Reid says the president should join him in calling on Majority Leader Bill Frist to move immigration up to the fore when lawmakers get back from their break.

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