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Leahy: Hearing on comprehensive immigration reform set for April 17

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has formally announced an April 17 hearing on comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will testify.

The hearing is in part the result of talks with the bipartisan Gang of Eight working on the soon-to-be unveiled legislation -- including Marco Rubio, who pushed for a slower committee process.

The mark-up is now not expected to begin until early May.

Some Republicans on the panel are unhappy with the schedule, saying it still does not allow enough time for the committee’s review of all the issues addressed in the bill.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a leading opponent of the reform effort, said in a statement that “to acquiesce to such a process would be to accept the Majority’s plan to rush through this massive legislation before the American people know what’s in it.”