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For the first time in nearly six years the Senate will hold a pair of votes Tuesday on a sweeping overhaul of the country’s immigration system.

The legislation, negotiated by a bipartisan group of eight senators and approved last month by the Judiciary Committee, would bolster border security efforts and create a 13-year path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the country.

The two procedural votes slated for Tuesday afternoon will determine whether lawmakers are able to move forward with debate on the proposal. Supporters of the plan are hoping for a different outcome than June 2007 when the Senate fell seven votes shy of the 60 needed to proceed to final debate on a bipartisan compromise.

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