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Budget Office View Boosts Senate Immigration Bill

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Supporters of a far-reaching immigration bill in the Senate see fresh momentum from a report by the Congressional Budget Office that the measure would boost the economy and reduce federal deficits by billions of dollars.

Congress' nonpartisan scorekeeping agency said Tuesday that the immigration bill would decrease federal red ink by $197 billion over a decade and $700 billion in the following 10 years as increased taxes paid to the government offset the cost of benefits for newly legal residents.

The White House said the report was "more proof that bipartisan, commonsense immigration reform will be good for economic growth and deficit reduction."

The report came as a House committee approved strict enforcement-focused immigration legislation increasing penalties for people here illegally - despite objections from Democrats.

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