By Alexander Bolton - 04/16/13 02:08 AM EDT
The Senate’s Gang of Eight will postpone the rollout of comprehensive immigration reform legislation in the wake of two bomb blasts that killed three people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, according to Senate aides.
Dozens of people were hurt by the explosions, which authorities immediately suspected of being set off by terrorists.
A Senate Republican aide confirmed the press conference will not take place Tuesday.
The Republican members of the Gang of Eight briefed colleagues on the legislation Monday evening in the Senate’s Strom Thurmond Room. The Republicans on the Gang of Eight are Sens. Marco RubioMarco RubioClinton takes aim at Rubio in Fla. rally Dem Senate hopeful dodges leaked Clinton emails at debate Hispanic crowd boos Marco Rubio off stage MORE (Fla.), John McCainJohn McCainPolitical map shifts on Trump The lazy political writing of 'SNL' Spy chief: Clinton's Syria plan could spark conflict with Russia MORE (Ariz.), Lindsey GrahamLindsey GrahamTrump on primary rivals who don't back him: 'I don't know how they live with themselves' The Trail 2016: Who is really winning? Graham: GOP Senate could rein in Clinton White House MORE (S.C.) and Jeff FlakeJeff FlakeReport: Investor visa program mainly funds wealthy areas High anxiety for GOP Five takeaways from final debate MORE (Ariz.).
The four Democrats are Sens. Charles SchumerCharles SchumerReid: 'I have set the Senate' for nuclear option Immigration was barely covered in the debates GOP leaders advise members to proceed with caution on Trump MORE (N.Y.), Dick DurbinDick DurbinGreat Lakes senators seek boost for maritime system Wikileaks: Durbin pushed unknown Warren for Obama bank regulator The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (Ill.), Bob MenendezRobert MenendezWarren, Menendez question shakeup at Wells Fargo Democrats press Wells Fargo CEO for more answers on scandal Dem senator: Louisiana Republican 'found Jesus' on flood funding MORE (N.J.), and Michael BennetMichael BennetSenate poll raises Republican hopes in Pennsylvania, Florida Podesta floated Bill Gates, Bloomberg as possible Clinton VPs GOP Senate candidate reverses course, says he’ll vote Trump MORE (Co.).
Sens. Schumer and McCain will visit the White House Tuesday to brief Obama on the legislation.
Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinDefense chief pledges to 'resolve' bonus clawback issue California National Guard official: Congress knew about bonus repayments Airbnb foes mobilize in Washington MORE (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters Monday evening that terrorists were likely responsible for the Boston explosions.
“My understanding is that it’s a terrorist incident,” she said. “It could be foreign, it could be domestic.”
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidGOP groups ride to rescue in 3 key Senate races Obama seeks down-ballot gains after being midterm loser Reid: 'I have set the Senate' for nuclear option MORE (D-Nev.) called for a moment of silence in the upper chamber Monday evening. Speaker John BoehnerJohn BoehnerThe Hill's 12:30 Report Rep. Meadows to run for Freedom Caucus chairman Dems brace for immigration battle MORE (R-Ohio) did the same in the House.
Suspicion of a terrorist link to the death and maiming of dozens of people on American soil is certain to become a focus of members of Congress and likely to distract public attention from the Senate debates on gun-control and immigration reform legislation.
President Obama vowed Monday the individuals responsible for the carnage will be punished.
“Make no mistake. We will get to the bottom of this. We will find out who did this. We will find out how they did this,” the president said in remarks from the White House. “Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”